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Etymology of "Kek", Kekistan Keks et. al.
May 15 2017, 7:50 pm
By: CecilSunkure  

May 15 2017, 7:50 pm CecilSunkure Post #1



What is kekistan?

Copy pasted from private IM today:

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I just realized the etymology of kekistan

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it comes from korea

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typing kekekeke (korean) is equivalent to lolololol in english

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it happened a lot in broodwar, something funny would happen and everyone would type lololol

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then someone would type kekekeke in sort of a trolly manner

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Fast forward, hearthstone came out

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In hearthstone a common phenomena during gameplay is one player will draw a critical card off the top of their deck. The card can be so critical the game is immediately won, and the opponent falls into an unrecoverable position

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When this happens, it's called a "top deck", as in drawing the winning card off the top of the deck

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It happened very often in "arena" mode of hearthstone, where top decks were particularly powerful and dramatic

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On livestreams of hearthstone arena, twitch chats would often times parade during this occasions with "TOP DECK"

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and in a trolly manner, some users would say "TOP KEK"

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kek as in korean type of "lol", or in other words, "top laughs"

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in this way kek became sort of a trolly way to parody a funny event

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and pretty sure kek, kekistan and keks or whatever all came from this timeline

I would probably add a little more to this timeline and talk about how kekistan and kek emerged in 4chan as a parody-style troll reaction to mainstream media's agenda of identity politics. Just to flesh out the timeline a little more.

Any thoughts or comments? Anyone have other insights, agree or disagree?



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May 15 2017, 8:25 pm ihjel Post #2



He skipped how in WoW when an Alliance character heard a Horde character say lol it translated to kek in Orcish. Also Top Kek was a popular expression on 4chan long before Hearthstone. There's also a Turkish cake brand called Topkek.



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May 15 2017, 10:03 pm Oh_Man Post #3

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Interesting to hear the intricate details of the origins of this fine country.




May 16 2017, 3:01 am CecilSunkure Post #4



Quote from ihjel
He skipped how in WoW when an Alliance character heard a Horde character say lol it translated to kek in Orcish. Also Top Kek was a popular expression on 4chan long before Hearthstone. There's also a Turkish cake brand called Topkek.

Interesting point on WoW! What was Top Kek used for in 4chan?



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May 16 2017, 6:30 am Lanthanide Post #5



Not sure why this is posted in the forum, seems like it is shout-box material.

Anyway, there are already these resources:
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/kek
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=kek



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