Examples of yeet
Examples of yeet
Where does yeet come from?
While its exact origins are unclear, the story of yeet begins in black social media culture in February 2014. Several people are credited for the dance, including YouTuber Milik Fullilove, who calls out Yeet! as he does his moves with personal flourishes.
Following more YouTube yeet demonstrations and even a hip-hop song, yeet went viral after Vine (RIP, Vine) user Jas Nicole posted a video of a young man, called Lil Meatball, doing the dance in March 2014.
Internet users made remixes of Lil Meatball—and plenty of memes. The memes photoshopped a still of Lil Meatball, arms extended, into various settings, such as playing baseball or drumming.
Perhaps because people often say yeet while doing the dance, yeet spread an interjection all its own to show enthusiasm or express approval, e.g., Yes, I got an A on that paper. Yeet!
An Urban Dictionary entry from 2008, however, already defines yeet as an excited exclamation, particularly in sports and sexual contexts. It’s very possible that the yeet cried out during the dance is taken from such an older, organic interjection in black culture, but the viral yeet dance no doubt help popularize the term.
Yeet faded in popular culture until March 2018, when users of the subreddit r/dankmemes—dedicated to so-called dank memes, which are deliberately odd and obscure—started posting new yeet memes. They riff on the word yeet in a variety of absurd contexts, often with images of the face with tears of joy emoji, 😂.
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Who uses yeet?
Yeet, the dance, can be referred to as the yeet, yeeting, or simply yeet, and is strongly connected to black popular culture. One can dance it to any song or just do it spontaneously.
People have given the exclamatory yeet many definitions and uses, but they mostly hew to senses of a joyous “Hell yes!” that echoes the fun of the dance. This yeet has seen plenty of punning and ironic takes online, including jokes about yote being its past tense.
Yeet 😷 pic.twitter.com/eystwuIGFj
— CalBabe ♔ (@CalebSimms16) July 18, 2018
Other internet users apply yeet to situations where someone is blowing something away, like a wizard with a wand, senses which may call back to yeet‘s use in scoring in sports.
Siegfried: honorably holds his sword showing the source of its power, the True Ether to blow away the mightiest dragons
Sigurd: YEET pic.twitter.com/kJPFkOi5Lt
— Jay @ 3 MONTHS TO INDEX 3 (@anopocrypha) July 17, 2018
Yeet memes, meanwhile, are meant to be intentionally weird and puzzling.