Slang dictionary Murica or 'Murica or 'Merica [ mur-ih-kuh, mer-ih-kuh ] Published August 16, 2018 What does Murica mean? Variously facetious, disparaging, or proud in tone, Murica is a slang way of referring to America, implying extreme patriotism extreme patriotism and stereotyping how white southerners might say the word. Related words Confederate flag, American muscle, Make America Great Again, The American Dream Where does Murica come from? Folks have been saying Murica long before it became ironic. We can find America written as ‘Merica in the early 1800s. That loss of an initial, unstressed syllable has a name, by the way: aphesis. Writing America as Murica, however, came to deliberately stereotype how white, rural Southerners would pronounce America. For instance, if you’re a beer-swillin’, gun-totin’, freedom-lovin’, flag-wavin’, red-blooded person from the U S of A, you might say you live in—or be mocked as living in—Murica. The Murica jab takes off in early 2000s political commentary. A 2003 comment on the website 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. Murica went further into the mainstream in 2012 when pages on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit boasted names like F**k Yeah Murica, featuring images, videos, and memes revved up with bald eagles, American flags, guns, soldiers, and an awful lot of F-bombs. Much of the Murica content online is meant to be mocking, but, as frequently happens with insults, its target re-appropriated the term at least by the mid-2010s, using it earnestly to express their patriotism and American pride, including with Murica merchandise and clothing. 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 SEE MORE EXAMPLES Why do some people say 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 and barbecues with a proud, and sometimes ironic, Murica. Since 1776, celebrate everyday. Can I hear you say………………….. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 📸 @619actionphotodotcom 💄👑@brittanyyytaylorr . . . . #since1776 #freedom #liberty #America #patriotic #usa #americangirl #sunkissed #california #didyouamericatoday #daisydukes #guns #merica #murica #cowgirlboots #countryside A post shared by Rita Pearl (@ritapearl_) on Jul 27, 2018 at 8:17am PDT Day cruising & drinks. #boats #lbc #murica A post shared by John (@lbjohnnyg) on Jul 27, 2018 at 11:22am PDT Yesterday was a perfect re-do of the Fourth of July and my birthday celebration. Thank you so much for all the well wishes and everyone who came to party! 🇺🇸 #murica A post shared by Beatrice Sanchez (@beatriceeann) on Jul 27, 2018 at 10:50am PDT Murica is often used to imply strength and power. Some men use the hashtag “#Murica” to showcase cars, guns, male friendship, or stereotypically manly activities. Beautiful little 32 #murica #usa #freedom #2A #dtom #shallnotbeinfringed @99_xjcherokee A post shared by Zac (@american.patriot.76) on Jul 27, 2018 at 11:32am PDT Ma dude and his dudes #bikercity #nipcity #murica A post shared by Cali Titz (@cali_titmas) on Jul 27, 2018 at 11:10am PDT 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. #usa🇺🇸 #america #murica #merica #american #americanpride #republican #democrat #conservative #libertarian #liberal #presidenttrump #makeamericagreatagain #maga #draintheswamp #ismypresident #trump🇺🇸 #proamerica #americafirst #buildthatwall #gaysfortrump #procapitalism #anticommunism #antisocialism A post shared by Sam (@american_pride_._) on Jul 27, 2018 at 12:12pm PDT Drinkin my bud light outta this thing every morning. Yee haw. #freedom #usa #murica #codytheamericansilverado A post shared by Cody “The American” Silverado (@codysilverado) on Jul 27, 2018 at 10:53am PDT Just watched 3 cars, in a row, turn while on their cell phones & no blinkers. 'Murica! *arm swing* — Jo. (@jestemjordan) August 7, 2012 While many conservatives have embraced Murica, plenty of progressives still use Murica to trash-talk their opponents, Republican policies and ideology, or issues with America more generally. Oh, gawd. We’re back to “libs are mean to Trumpers in rural ‘Murica” again. HOW MANY, @nytimes? HOW MANY? — Karoli (@Karoli) July 20, 2018 ‘murica: a country where paying thousands into your friends gofundme accounts – but only after making sure they suffer the indignity of begging for it – is preferable to embracing a sensible public healthcare policy for productive citizens because “socialism”. — javi grillo-marxuach (@OKBJGM) July 24, 2018 Just Added Dark Brandon, phrogging, I said what I said, quiet quitting, back to school necklace Note This is not meant to be a formal definition of Murica like most terms we define on Dictionary.com, but is rather an informal word summary that hopefully touches upon the key aspects of the meaning and usage of Murica that will help our users expand their word mastery.