Elongated Muskrat refers to a humorous moniker given to Elon Musk by trolls online, who claim it is his full name.
The first known appearance of “Elongated Muskrat” can be traced back to a tweet, shared by @jdcrowley on July 11th, 2014, where he claimed Musk shortened his name from “Elongated Muskrat” when he moved from South Africa.
In the following years, the joke emerged sporadically on social media sites like Twitter and Reddit.
Spread and Usage
“Elongated Muskrat” started gaining widespread popularity in February 2018, as it appeared in numerous new tweets.
The phrase was also first defined on Urban Dictionary at that time, with the first entry having been uploaded on February 15th, 2018, and the second on February 28th.
Memes about “Elongated Muskrat” and his net worth would emerge on subreddits like r/dankmemes or r/whowouldwin, while The Daily Dot published an article on February 16th, 2018, joining in on the fun.
On June 8th, 2018, Caleb Bliss uploaded a song to YouTube with the title “Red Fern: Elongated Muskrat”.
- Dailydot.com – Did you know Elon Musk is short for Elongated Muskrat?
- Reddit – r/dankmemes