Le Sigh

Contents: Meaning | Origin | Spread

Meaning

What does Le Sigh mean?

Le Sigh is a popular internet interjection, used as an exclamation to express frustration, annoyance, while relieving stress.

It may be encountered in various sources, including the Looney Tunes cartoons, Rage Comics, as well as reaction images and GIFs.

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Origin

What's the origin of Le Sigh?

While the exact origin of the expression “Le sigh” is not known, it is widely attributed to the Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew – not to be confused with Pepe the Frog – who, uses the phrase as a multifunctional exclamation, similar to the Jumping Jehoshaphat exclamation of another character from the cartoon series.

Despite this, the popularity of “Le sigh” didn’t grow too big in the 20th century, up until the last few years of the ‘90’s.

Spread & Usage

How did Le Sigh spread?

“Le sigh” started to gain traction at the turn of the millennium, when it started to appear on the internet, especially on forums, message-, and image boards.

It was first defined on Urban Dictionary on May 30th, 2004, with a few other entries to follow in the subsequent years.

“Le sigh” started to gain an even wider popularity around 2010, when the trend of including the word “le” before other expressions emerged in Rage Comics.

During the 2010’s, various reaction images and GIFs emerged online, featuring the “Le sigh” captions.

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