Examples of headdesk
Examples of headdesk
Where does headdesk come from?
Headdesk—and, early on, head-desk—started to appear around 2002 on Usenet groups. Headdesk implies the user is so annoyed or angry they are repeatedly slamming their head onto their desk or computer.
It is often enclosed in asterisks, as *headdesk*, to suggest a non-verbal description or kind of internet stage direction.
Headdesk gained its first Urban Dictionary entry in 2003 and a second in 2005, which specifically mentioned it was used as *headdesk* in chat rooms and forums.
By the late 2000s and early 2010s, headdesk was being used a noun, verb, and sometimes adjective, and came to be used similarly to the more familiar facepalm.
Actual question: "So, are the books arranged in any particular order?" Nah, we just put on the shelves any old way. *headdesk*
— Viviane (@viviane212) December 11, 2008
With the rise of social media (and social media-fueled stupidity), headdesk spread as a popular way to express intense aggravation, still often enclosed in asterisks as *headdesk* for dramatic flair.
Oh, GOD, none of my posts are showing up on Tumblr. *headdesk*
— Kelley (@awellkeptsecret) December 5, 2018
Who uses headdesk?
If you are faced with something so incredibly frustrating that a facepalm isn’t enough, it’s time for a headdesk.
When your coffee just isn’t strong enough to get your blood going in the mornin, you can argue with strangers online about the merits of your favorite webcomic #WhatHaveIDone#HeadDesk pic.twitter.com/T59v4hhCMs
— Jess E. Owen (@authorjessowen) April 17, 2019
Sometimes it’s used as a reaction to the perceived inanity of other people’s actions …
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) October 24, 2018
… other times, headdesk registers our own stupidity.
Protip: If you want your yeasted dough to rise, you should actually include the yeast… #headdesk
— Chelsea M-C (@InnAtCrossroads) December 6, 2018
While headdesk is used as a noun and verb, it’s most commonly seen, as our examples show, in asterisks or as a hashtag at the end of a statement, functioning like an interjectional or parenthetical remark.