Wayment may refer to multiple things, as it is both an archaic word of the English lexicon, as well as a popular slang misspelling of the phrase “Wait a minute”, used to confront others.
The original meaning of the word “wayment” is grief and lament.
“Wayment” as a meme is mostly seen on image macros depicting characters with a suspicious look, such as Mushmouth from Fat Albert.
These image macros are used in a similar manner to the Wait, That’s Illegal as well as the Hol Up memes.
The term “wayment” comes from the middle English waymenten verb, expressing grief, however this term became archaic by the beginning of the 19th century.
“Wayment” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2013.
Spread and Usage
Although the origin of the “wayment” meme is not known, it started appearing on image macros in 2018, on sites like Imgur, Reddit and Facebook, with most of these depicting Mushmouth from Fat Albert.
A subreddit was launched with the name r/wayment on May 5th, 2019, counting 458 members as of December 1st, 2021.