What does ded mean?
Ded is a humorous, often ironic, deliberate misspelling of dead.
It can be used when something finds something so funny, overwhelming, or outrageous that they are metaphorically “dead.”
It can also used in the internet language of DoggoLingo, particularly as a playful way to describe a sleeping pet.
Where does ded come from?
Ded is a misspelling—intentional or otherwise—of dead.
An early use of ded comes from a folk etymology for the old navigation term dead reckoning, a way of calculating your location, especially at sea, by estimating the distance and direction you’ve traveled. Starting in the first half of the 20th century, dead reckoning was sometimes spelled ded reckoning out of the mistaken belief that the expression was actually deduced reckoning.
Ded surfaced online as early as the early 1990s on message boards to represent colloquial or regional speech. We can find ded for dead, as in the humorous exaggeration I’m dead in response to something extremely funny or frustrating, by the 2000s, including on Urban Dictionary by 2003.
Online, deliberate misspellings can be used for convenience or irony (e.g., wut for what) … or, in the case of internet languages such as DoggoLingo, cuteness. Consider smol for “small” or chonky for “chunky.” So, when people post about cute animals online, ded can referring to sleeping pets who are so zonked out it’s as if they are dead, or ded. It can also be used in reference to puppers playing ded.
Examples of ded
Who uses ded?
Ded can be used online, in social media, or in texts in response to something hilarious or highly enjoyable. It’s often used in the expression I’m ded or within dramatic or emphatic asterisk: *ded*
IM DED pic.twitter.com/r4VuohLT6a
— Alfred (@AlfredMoinuddin) April 23, 2019
Sometimes, as often seen among K-pop fans, ded refers to being so excited or overwhelmed by something that it “kills” you.
— Stina | GOING MX 🇬🇧 (@Stinaningzhi) April 23, 2019
Ded sees some use when someone is feeling extremely frustrated or angry.
Sometimes I get ded angry when someone's asking me a question for no reason whatsoever
— ella green (@elllagreen_) November 17, 2017
Ded is seen especially in DoggoLingo or other animal-related, internet content (e.g., LOLcats). It is often used for when an animal is sleeping or playing dead or has destroyed a toy.
R u ded, buddy? No? Juss resting? Ok pupper. pic.twitter.com/hKP3HhuckA
— ⓥictoria (@heartland_hippy) May 25, 2017
Sometimes ded is just a misspelling of dead, with no ironic intent.
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