Murica

or 'Merica

[mur-uh-kuh]

What does Murica mean?

If your a beer-swillin', gun-totin', freedom-lovin', flag-wavin', red-blooded person from the U S of A, you might say you live in Murica.

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Murica is a sometimes humorous, sometimes disparaging, sometimes proud slang term for America implying extreme patriotism and stereotyping how white southerners might say the word.

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Examples of Murica

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Examples of Murica
Spending my Friday night watching some football! #GoodLife#Murica
@A_Steimle, September, 2012
This margarita-sippin’ hot-tub chillin’ bear is ready to celebrate ’MURICA!
Gwen Ihnat, The Takeout, July, 2018
America is borrowing money from China to pay US farmers hurt by Trump's tariffs on China. / Yup. #stableGenius #Murica
@montrealdesign, July, 2018

Where does Murica come from?

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Folks have been saying Murica long before it became ironic. We can find America written as ‘Merica as early as 1802. Writing it as Murica, meanwhile, stereotypes how white, rural Southerners would pronounce America

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The Murica jab takes off in early 2000s political commentary. A 2003 comment on Democratic Underground ironically characterized US government foreign interference as “‘lil old murica” wouldn’t hurt a fly. A 2004 progressive blog post described the red states who voted for George W. Bush as “The Wingnutted States of ‘Murica.” This use of Murica spread as a liberal insult against “rednecks” and an overzealous dedication to the Second Amendment and hyper-masculinity. 

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Murica went further into the mainstream in 2012 when pages on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit boasted names like Fuck Yeah Murica, featuring images, videos, and memes revved up with bald eagles, American flags, guns, soldiers, and an awful lot of fuck yeah‘s. 

Much of the Murica content online is meant to be mocking, but, as frequently happens with insults, its target re-appropriated the term in the mid-2010s, using it earnestly to express their patriotism and American pride, including with Murica merchandise and clothing.

Who uses Murica?

Murica is popular around the Fourth of July holiday, when red, white, and blue are everywhere to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Folks love showing off their bunting, boobs, and barbecues with a proud, and sometimes ironic, Murica.

Day cruising & drinks. #boats #lbc #murica

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Murica is often used to imply strength and power. Some men use the hashtag “#Murica” to showcase cars, guns, male friendship, or “manly” activities.

Beautiful little 32 #murica #usa #freedom #2A #dtom #shallnotbeinfringed @99_xjcherokee

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Ma dude and his dudes #bikercity #nipcity #murica

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It’s also used alongside other US-themed paraphernalia to express forms of patriotism. This could be a marketing tactics to promote goods and services, an attempt at humor, or a little dig at Americans themselves.

While many conservatives have embraced Murica, plenty of progressives still use Murica to trash-talk their opponents, Republican policies and ideology, or the failings of America more generally.

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