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"I See What You Did There", occasionally shortened as ICWYDT or ISWYDT, is a expression generally found online either in comments or captions for image macros. Depfinishing on its tone, it have the right to convey a condescending response to a banal joke, a genuine admiration for one more person’s wit or a danger akin to “I know what you did.”


Origin

The expression had been provided in pop culture previous to the internet, first watched in a March 1996 episode<2> of the tv comedy Friends titled “The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies.”<1> In the scene, Joey (played by Matt LeBlanc) is explaining to Phoebe (played by Lisa Kudrow) how he writes his own lines on the tv present he works on. He tells her that he took the original line "If we don"t acquire this woman to a hospital, she"s going to die" and also changed it to "If this woman does not gain to a hospital, she"s not gonna live." Realizing he just rephrased the script and also did not do any actual creating, Phoebe responds through "I check out what you did there" as an approach of patronizing him.

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Online, one of the earliest archived uses of the expression showed up on the Ultimate Ju-jitsu Forum<3> on July 18th, 2003 once a member posted a joke around a Jujitsu martial arts facility named the Boy Club, asking if it was a referral to the blue edge of a ju-jitsu mat, to which an additional poster responded through “ah ha, i view what you did tbelow."


Spread

“I See What You Did There” has been used on a variety of topical message boards in between 2003 and 2007, including hobby forum ilXor<4>, the Killer Movies community<5> and the Newgrounds forums.<6> In 2004, 2 acronym versions of the phrase were characterized on Urban Thesaurus, OICWYDT<7> and ISWYDT.<8> The former is attributed to the LiveJournal community indiefucks<9>, which has been active because June 2002. The complying with year in 2005, "i check out what you did there" as a full expression was included to Urban Thesaurus.<10>

Notable Examples

Image macros bearing the phrase started to appear throughout 2007 and 2008, via instances posted on I Can Has Cheezburger?<12><13>, MySpace<14>, eBaum’s World<11> and also Halolz.<15> Collections of these photo macros have the right to be found on Buzzfeed<16>, Quickmeme<17> and the Chive.<18> Additional instances of both photo macros and captionless photos have the right to be found on Tumblr<19>, FunnyJunk<20> and also Reddit.<21>

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Rage Face

As beforehand as in August 2011, the expression became paired with a reactivity challenge that had been circulating on 4chan considering that that February,<24> through the earliest well-known instance posted by Tumblr user dyselxia<25> in a joke about juice beverages.

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Later that month, a rage comic featuring the challenge was posted on Memebase.

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<27> On October 1st, it was included to All The Rage Faces<28> and also made its debut on Reddit<29> in a rage comic posted on October 2nine. As of July 2012, there are even more than 100 rage comics on Reddit<26> with the I See What You Did There face. Tright here are more than 20 Facebook fan pages<22> for the rage challenge, through the biggest one<23> having actually 98,896 fans as of July 2012.