Memes are solidly a part of the modern language, with humble beginnings as innocuous images that take on a life of their own. It doesn't matter if they manage to connect to recent prevailing themes in popular culture or create a trend of their own, the best new memes make us go "same" in a cosmic way. All the trends of 2019 are reflected in 2019's latest memes, from the things that make you cry laughing to things that make you laugh while crying. In 2018 the memes seemed to come at a rapid-fire pace and some of 2019's best new memes feel like logical evolutions of the pigeons and mothmen that came before. Other current memes are as fresh as can be and uniquely speak to the world's need at that moment to laugh at a list of funny modified screencaps.
Due To Personal Reasons
due to personal reasons i will be passing away— pig (@samelpan) February 6, 2019
Much to the surprise of the original poster themselves, a meme swept Twitter in February that gave people the perfect opening to justify their choices or behavior (or succintly explain scenes from the Bible). Starting a tweet with "due to personal reasons" is the ideal set up to explain any sort of behavior - eating a lasagna in the shower or the rest of the Cheetos, hugging dogs or just screaming existentially into the void.
You have done well my child. Zoink. https://t.co/J9h53HcbgY— matthew lillard (@MatthewLillard) January 28, 2019
With an origin that seemed to be nowhere and everywhere (though the world's realization of Shaggy's true power had been building for years), images referencing the dark and god-like power of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo filled every social media channel in late January 2019. Even Matthew Lillard, who played Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo live-action movies and also voiced the character in animated work, had to eventually acknowledge the omipresent recognition of Powerful Shaggy's omnipotence.
From doctored captions on stills of behind the sceens footage from the 2002 Scooby-Doo films and fanart on Twitter, to Lillard himself posting Powerful Shaggy images on his Instagram, it was clear Shaggy could not be stopped by mortal man. As of January 31, 2019, the Change.org petition to "Make Shaggy A DLC In Mortal Kombat 11" had over 260,000 signatures.
"Judge Judy here. I love the truth. If you don't tell me the truth, you're gonna be eating your shoes. If you live to be a hundred, you will never be as smart as me. On your BEST day, you're not as smart as *I* am on my WORST day. Sasuke, you're dismissed" pic.twitter.com/pDcFRpdX2P— Lan (@Kishido_Spirit) January 15, 2019
Fans of Naruto: Shippūden were blessed with a meme that spread all across Twitter in mid-January 2019 that used the in-tweet images to edit a scene where Sasuke Uchiha is called weak while being held by the neck by his brother. Sasuke may have been weak but the meme fodder was strong and soon Gordon Ramsay, a cat and even Marie Kondo expressed their displeasure at Sasuke.
"Hello, I'm A Movie Stereotype"
Hello, I'm a professor in a movie, I only reach the main point of my lecture right as class is ending. Then I yell at students about the reading / homework as they leave.— Rory Turnbull (@_roryturnbull) January 1, 2019
The year started out with a sarcastic bang when Rory Turnbull, an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, made cheerful light on Twitter of how his profession is portrayed in movies. This inspired other people to find the humor in how their jobs or lives are portrayed on screen as well, in quote tweets and replies. Or, in some cases, loose on the timeline - confusing followers until they naturally encountered the seed of the meme itself.
From writers and novelists comparing the picture perfect and stress-free lives of their film compatriots, to scientists rolling their eyes, and hackers wondering what it is people think they actually do, this meme seemed to work for some as a way to humorously vent frustration. Others used it to cast light on how Hollywood portrays their lives as thin archetypes, including Muslim women and people with disabilities.
Others, however, just pretended they were a planet.