Stronk – not to be confused with Stonks – refers to the misspelling of the term strong, widely associated online with eastern Europeans, especially Slavs.
The word is used online mainly in an ironic manner, expressing the same idea as the Unlimited Power reaction image series.
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While the exact origin of the term “Stronk” is hard to pinpoint, it was first defined in an Urban Dictionary entry on May 31st, 2011, saying it originated from the players of Heroes of Newerth.
An early case of the term emerged in the title of a YouTube video, uploaded to the site by psychicpebbles on November 28th, 2012.
Spread and Usage
“Stronk” started to be widely associated with Slavs and Eastern Europeans in early 2013, when the Serbia Stronk meme started appearing on various sites.
The first case of “Stronk” appearing in this context was featured in the title of a post, uploaded to the r/polandball subreddit by u/rectal_smasher_2000 on April 4th, 2013.
Following this, the term became closely associated with the popular internet meme song: Remove Kebab, with many reuploads of it featuring the phrase Serbia Stronk.
At the end of the 2010’s, “Stronk” also became associated with the Meme Man meme, with various image macros appearing, following 2018.
- Wiktionary.org – Stronk