A meme was described to be "deep fried". I think it might have meant that its message was maybe an exaggeration of facts?


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    Hello, CL. Please add a linked reference so that it's clear it's a reasonably common usage. Have you looked up the expression yourself? The Urban Dictionary gives information, but the expression seems non-standard and abusive/taboo. Aug 31, 2019 at 16:44
  • In what context? Please provide some examples. I would say it's simply a metaphor—although the one answer certainly provides a different approach. Sep 1, 2019 at 0:46
  • @EdwinAshworth I've linked the Reddit post
    – Jodes
    Sep 4, 2019 at 15:01
  • Thanks, but I meant some other example (or preferably examples) so that it's clear it's a reasonably common usage. ELU deals with standard or at least widespread usages, not single usages. Sep 4, 2019 at 15:14

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It appears to be an expression used to refer to pictures which have been modified by filters. The final effect is like the image had been “fried”.

From knowyourmeme.com:

Deep Fried Memes are a style of meme wherein an image is run through dozens of filters to the point where the image appears grainy, washed-out, and strangely colored. Often, they’re applied in memes popular on Black Twitter such as Real Nigga Hours and Spell ICUP Nigga.


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    C'est le chapeau qui fait le sorcier. Aug 31, 2019 at 18:34

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