A clever combination of phrase and picture, used to express confusion.
- Date Discovered: 03/2007
- Discovered On: DeviantArt, 4chan, WoW forums
A combination of LOL and WUT, LOL WUT is a clever way to express bewilderment at an inane statement. LOL WUT has long been a phrase, but became a meme when it began to be paired with images in early 2007.
—MarvinLapsus, DeviantArt comment
The artist's response
—ursulav, responding to the popularity of LOL WUT
On February 27th, 2006, DeviantArt surreal artist Ursula Vernon posted The Biting Pear of Salamanca to her DeviantArt account. On February 2, 2007, an entry was made to Urban Dictionary for LOL WUT, which specifically mentions the pear. On February 8, 2007, the domain name lolwut.com was registered. On March 31, 2007, a YTMND flash was made.
LOL WUT is considered a classic meme, and its usage is robust. LOL WUT is still a popular phrase on the internet, and the LOL WUT pear is well known.
- The Biting Pear of Salamanca has been recognized by the staff of DevianTART as one of the greatest works to have graced the site.