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What does "hold my sake" mean? I see it sometimes in internet memes but I don't know what it means.

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    It's a twist on "hold my beer".
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 18:44
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    @Mitch Sake is a Japanese rice wine. Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 18:46
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    @killingTime in English, 'sake' is Japanese rice liquor; in Japanese it's for any alcohol. Since I'm typing (badly) on my phone you can't tell that I was telling you the Japanese version
    – Mitch
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 18:51
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    "Hold my /ˈsɑːki, ˈsækeɪ/" not "Hold my /seɪk/" "Hold my beer!" is an expression that is said before an unthinking person does something dangerous or stupid.
    – Greybeard
    Commented Sep 5, 2021 at 19:01
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    A cute variation I've seen applied to a child is "hold my milk". (I first saw it on a YouTube comment referring to 9 year old harp prodigy Alisa Sadikova, probably this one).
    – PM 2Ring
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 15:46

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This seems to be a play on the idiom hold my beer

I am about to do something that exceeds even your impressive feat, or that you think I can’t do.

combined with the fact that sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage, and the game that is being referred to in the image has a Japanese theme.

So basically, EA is saying "single player games are dead", and FromSoftware is replying with "hold my sake", implying that they are about to come up with a (presumably Japanese themed) single player game that will revitalize the genre, thereby proving EA wrong.

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    A key aspect not mentioned is that "hold my beer" suggests that the attempt will likely fail, as it implies the participants being "drunk".
    – MaxD
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 7:06
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    @MaxD Interesting! I've always interpreted it with exactly the opposite meaning: it's something that's actually so easy that it can be trivially demonstrated while drunk.
    – Nye
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 15:31
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    @MaxD There's certainly aspect of alcohol-fuelled overconfidence, but there's also the connotation of "Although I'm just sitting here relaxing, I can do it".
    – PM 2Ring
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 15:33
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    @MaxD: I don't think the "likely failure" connotation is universal in the use of that phrase. I've mostly seen it used in youtube comments to describe successful efforts, e.g. on D&D actual-play shows that I watch a lot of. (And from context, I don't think any likely-failure was intended. Mostly just people wanting to use a meme to sing the praises of the players or characters in the video.) Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 17:53
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    "Hold my <beverage>" implies that the speaker thinks it will be quick and easy. Whether they're right is a separate issue.
    – Barmar
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 19:38

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