It’s All About The Derp

Every Monday night, the family gets together for a “No Technology Night”. So that means no iPods, no laptops, no television, and no phone usage until after the girls go to bed. So after supper, we pick out a board game to play as a family and try to have some laughs as a family. Both Sunshine and I think it’s important to do this once a week…just turn off everything and spend time with the kids like “the old days”.

Anyway, we were playing some Muppet Yahtzee when the youngest said something to the effect of, “I don’t want to do that at school because it’s a derp thing to do”.


obama-derpImmediately, the game came to a screeching halt so both Sunshine and I could attempt to figure out just what the youngest had just said to us. Then the oldest jumped in on the conversation.

“Yeah…derp. Duh.”

We’ve got NO idea what you’re talking about, kids.

“You two are just old and out of touch.”

Derp_319c6c_2452477Yikes…is that possibly true?? I mean, I remember using terms like “gnarly” or “tubular” or “gag me with a spoon” (or at least I remember seeing those used on television when I was a teenager), but I don’t know if I remember creating words from scratch and pretending they actually meant something.

So I immediately went to the internet and looked up the word. This is what I found from the Urban Dictionary:

 derp300A simple, undefined reply when an ignorant comment or action is made. Brought to life in the South Park series, when Mr. Derp made a guest appearance at South Park Elementary as the chef for a day, followed by hitting himself in the head with a hammer and exclaiming “Derp!”

I’m all about watching South Park and all, but this episode has helped to create an entirely new word? Apparently so because there are other explanations for it:

robert-pattinson-derp-face-JLxLtZA person who acts strange,weird, and/or random, usually quite fun to be around due to the fact that this person is an oddball and does and/or says interesting things.

It’s insane, isn’t it? I’ve become SO OLD that I’m now completely out of touch with the new vernacular. I’m one step away from being “uber lame”. I’m officially “uncool”.

But then you need to ask the question: Do I really want to know what “derp” means, anyway?



2 thoughts on “It’s All About The Derp

  1. This is exactly what my mother meant when she used to say “one day you’ll feel bad about saying that to me.” But really, kids these days just say the stupidest things (oh crap. I think my dad may have said that to me when I was a teenager). We aren’t old. We are just cool in a different way! I think.

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