Oh, Worm? is a misspelling of “Oh, Word?”, which basically means “oh, really?”.
The expression could also be used to describe the relatability of something that someone else has said.
The “Oh, Worm?” meme was first noticed on Tumblr after appearing on a so-called advice animal photo, where “Oh, Word?” is a commonly used caption.
Origin of the meme
The phrase first appeared on one of the advice animal pictures of basketball player Dwayne Wade’s school picture.
Due to Wade’s uncertain facial expression, the image quickly became popular with the usual caption, “Oh, Word? ”.
However, some other photos made in the template have been posted with a mispelled caption that reads, “Oh, Worm? ”.
One of those typos made it to Tumblr on September 19, 2016, when the user Gwynndolin first published it.
Spread of the meme
Thanks to the original Tumblr post, the meme eventually became quite successful online..
The user 6thhouse on November 9th and November 10th, 2016 shared his posts, in which he was obsessing about the phrase and the meme. The second one gained over 16,000 points.
However, in the first half of 2017 the text meme didn’t really spread so quickly, at least not within the Tumblr communities. Interest began picking up in summer, when a few popular text posts were circulating around.
- Know Your Meme – Oh, Worm?