The misspelling can be accredited to the intention of reflecting the stereotypical slurring, associated with nerdy people, who are aiming to discredit a statement made on a topic dear to them – like Loli Hentai.
While the exact origin of the meme is not known, the first instance of “ackshually” misspelled in a similar fashion can be traced to an Urban Dictionary entry, uploaded on May 7th, 2011.
An early case of the image macro was uploaded to FunnyJunk on April 2nd, 2012.
Spread and Usage
Although the meme had appeared on various sites like 4chan in the years to follow, “ackshually” wouldn’t take off as a viral reaction image until 2016, when it was posted on 9GAG.
Throughout the late 2010’s, “ackshually” spread to sites like iFunny, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit, being featured on reaction image macros, as well as GIFs.
- Reddit – r/NoStupidQuestions