Circle back refers to a phrase, used for signifying that the speaker or narrator will return to the topic at hand at a later point.
Alternatively, circle back is also used in traffic with the same meaning of returning.
“Circle back” became a viral phrase in January, 2021 when White House press secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly evaded questions with the answer “circle back”.
This was promptly spread and memified by people online, especially users wishing to express their discontent toward the Biden administration.
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The phrase was first defined on Urban Dictionary back in 2007, with plenty of new entries having been uploaded since the Jen Psaki phenomenon.
Unrest concerning the frequent occurrence of the phrase “circle back” began in January, 2021, when Jen Psaki repeatedly gave the phrase as an answer to questions posed to her at press conferences.
Spread and Usage
Online, the topic has been addressed by many, especially on social media sites like Twitter or Facebook.
Caricatures as well as parody videos have been uploaded to the web, like Jen “Circle Back” Psaki Ft. LIL’ KC REMIX uploaded to YouTube by The Remix Bros on February 11th, 2021.