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.
Some of the latest memes right now range from the fandom niche deep dives of "Me Explaining" and "Powerful Shaggy" to horrible goose memes and hilariously shady Game of Thrones memes. In a year where Lil Nas X could dominate the Billboard Top 100 thanks to a TikTok meme of "Old Town Road," 2019 may be the meme-iest year yet.
10 year old me— amina (@phenaminan) May 23, 2019
explaining why I need
5 chocolate scented
erasers from the
scholastic book fair: my mom: pic.twitter.com/hk6Pu7pI0f
Combining two classic reaction images into one all-powerful meme, the tearful-eyed "me explaining" setup and the overwhelmed-but-listening response didn't need to be explained to Twitter, who jumped on the meme at the end of May. Many folks identified the listener as their mom, who took in why an ice cream truck ice cream is superior to what's at home, the differences between metal subgenres, the intricacies of fandom, nitpicking video game nerdery, and even why the family should switch to nondairy.
Moms weren't the only ones getting explained, as the format also worked for the face dogs make when you explain how much you love them and the difficulty of trying to Google a song you actually don't know well at all.9638Is this funny?
Daenerys's Reaction Face
Sansa: “The North is free.”— Trevor Dylan (@_TrevorDylan) April 24, 2019
Daenerys: “Is it though?” pic.twitter.com/VAuBOyOxgz
A passive-aggressive smile from the Mother of Dragons was tossed onto Twitter in late April 2019 with a "caption this" request. The world was all too happy to pitch in, referencing "per my last email" feels, and annoying and far too regular questions from relatives.
But when someone pointed out that both the Khaleesi and Thor shared a similar sarcastic expression questioning the truth of a statement, the floodgates opened as tweets took to having the two images be in conversation or embody the disbelieving attitude of specific brands.7251Is this funny?
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 2019 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 setup 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.5945Is this funny?
'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 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.5547Is this funny?