I don't understand this meme. What does "boi" mean in this context?

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    It's a currently fashionable way to spell "boy". It means, on its surface, "boy". The rest of the meme implies "exasperation and superciliousness, pending condescending lesson". In other words Boy, imma bout to explain you somethin' (substitute learn in the ergative sense for explain if you like). In my experience this developed on social media, particularly Twitter, among the POC and SJW community. It's their eye-dialect (kinda) for "authentic speech", "real talk". – Dan Bron Aug 24 '17 at 13:19
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    On a related note: the word (and general pattern) has spread on social media outside the POC/SJW community, and now has picked up usage among a broader population, essentially as a cutesy synonym for "guy" (in the "man", "dude", casual/informal-reference-to-male-individual sense). See the recent "once-in-a-lifetime event of cosmic proportions vs. 1 poofy boi" meme commenting on the 2017 August eclipse in NA. – Dan Bron Aug 24 '17 at 13:26
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    In the previous comment, when I say "cutsey", I am referring to the recent trend of words like "snek" (snake), "doggo" (dog), and here "boi" (boy => guy, dude, individual). – Dan Bron Aug 24 '17 at 13:39
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    @undercat Memes are created by and on all social media platforms now. The ur-memers are indeed 4chan and slightly later SA, but these days it's Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, FB, Imgur and an uncountable host more. KYM exists to help track down he original source of memes, but I think the Internet is going to erase the concept of "attribution" eventually. Today the best way to get a bead on a new meme, if it's not documented already, is to interpret the tone. If it's SJW-y, Tumblr and Twitter are good bets. If more rightwing, Reddit or maybe YT. If eye-bleachingly horrifying, good old 4han is around – Dan Bron Aug 24 '17 at 15:00
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    @DanBron While I agree on this rule of thumb in general, attributing Internet jokes based on their tone, quality and the issues they deal with (if any) seems like something that will only reinforce social media stereotypes. We must never forget that in the end, all those images are created by unique individuals and not the websites that they frequent. – undercat applauds Monica Aug 24 '17 at 15:12

The word "boi" is part of the modern vernacular. It can mean many things depending on the audience or speaker, but it is often accompanied by a hand gesture similar to the second image in the meme above.

The term is used as an exclamation, a term of derision, or as a variant of the word boy, adopted by a special interest community.


When used it means "seriously" or "are you kidding me" people say it when someone else does something that they think is stupid

  • Do you have a reference? There's much more information in comments than you've added here. – Arm the good guys in America Oct 29 '17 at 14:25

As a fan of memes, I can help.

When someone says 'boi', they usually say it instead of something like 'Fam, are you kidding me?'. It's meant to imply severe disbelief at something which someone has said and is frequently accompanied by hand gestures (as shown in the meme).

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