[Ads-l] "Deez Nuts"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 22 15:29:10 UTC 2015

On Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM, victor steinbok wrote:
> About two months ago (50-60 days), after an upgrade to on-line game Clash
> of Clans that allowed players a change of name, a large number of US
> players took "deez nutz" as the new name. I'm not sure what prompted this
> particular outburst but it does appear to predate slightly the presidential
> choice. Other on-line games had a similar experience at that time.
> It seems either both events had the same point of origin or CoC or another
> game became a vector that led to this choice

The Know Your Meme article that I linked to upthread pegs the recent
popularity to a video clip posted to Instagram in March 2015, the
audio of which was then spliced into other viral videos in April.



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