What sets the internet apart from other modes of communication—video, audio, text, imagery—is the way it translates a combination of forms into meaning through the use of animated gifs. Here, we present a glossary of their definitions.

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Gifs—"graphics interchange formats"—are unique to the internet, in that they utilize a short loop of soundless video-like motion to convey thoughts, feelings, memes, or retorts. While a picture says a thousand words, a gif gets the point across much more succinctly.

Note: You can use all of these gifs yourself! Just right-click and copy the image code, or drag the image itself to the space where you want to insert the code.

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AAAHH - a reaction of elation to exciting news



Agreed - a response of assent with another



Agreed (emphatic)



Ain't no thang - response to a mild, insignificant inconvenience



Applause - expression of approval, appreciation, acclaim



Bitch, please - incredulous response to something that is outrageous, stupid, or false; can also be used in response to an unintimidating threat



Bitch, please (var.)



Boo hoo - mostly used sarcastically to invalidate someone's sadness; can also be used genuinely to convey one's own sadness



Bring it - an invitation to a challenge



Check yourself - a request issued to someone to pause and examine his/her actions or words before proceeding



Cringe - used in response to something unfunny, awkward, or embarrassing



Cuckoo - response to insanity



Dead to me - hyperbolic expression of washing one's hands of someone



Deal with it - image macro used as a retort to someone's disapproval



Do not want - a standard reply to anything undesirable; can also be used to alert others as to whether content is worth viewing



Do not want (emphatic)



Duh - response to when the obvious is stated



Eye roll - gesture of dismay or exasperation



Ew - response of disgust



Fuck yo couch - similar to the use of "Fuck you" IRL, this conveys total irreverence



Good grief - used to express feelings of dejection



Headdesk - body language that expresses frustration, stress, or dismay toward the actions of others or oneself



How you doin'? - greeting



How you doin'? (var.) - before using it on her daytime talk show, Wendy Williams originally coined the phrase as a way to imply that someone is gay



I'd hit that - used to convey sexual attraction in spite of popular opinion on the person in question



I don't want to see that - similar to "Do not want," but used mostly in reaction to something visually unappealing



I need a drink - used as a reply to information that is too much to handle, stressful, or depressing



I'm out - abandoning or withdrawing from a situation or conversation out of disagreement, disinterest, or distress



I'm out (emphatic)



Internet reading expression - conveys one's feelings about online text



Internet reading expression (var.)



Internet reading expression (var.)



Internet reading expression (var.)



Internet reading expression (var.)



I see what you did there - generally used in response to a bad joke



I see what you did there (plural)



I will kill you - hyperbolic threat



Jane! - originating on the HBO series The Comeback, this is a request for a "time out" or a complete halt to an uncomfortable situation



LOL - laughing out loud



Move on - utilized to change the direction of a conversation that has been exhausted or is no longer productive; also can be used as a social cue to encourage others to no longer focus attention on unworthy subject matter



NBD - "no big deal"; used in response to something typical



Oh no you didn't - response of incredulity



OMG - "oh my God"; exclamation of surprise or disgust



O RLY? - used to convey a deadpan response to something doubtful, dumb, or unimpressive



O RLY? (var.)



Shimmy - used to express one's pride over a modest achievement; also used sarcastically to patronize another's modest achievement



Shut up - plea for an end to an unworthy conversation or false statement



Shut up (emphatic)



SMH - "shakes my head"; conveys a gesture of disappointment or dismay that doesn't warrant words



Smoke up - a request for marijuana use



Snooki bomb - part of a larger internet meme in which Jersey Shore's Snooki is inserted into situations in which she does not belong



Snow sucks - expression of displeasure with inclement weather



Spit-take - comedic reaction of disbelief



SRSLY? - sarcastic disbelief



This oughta be good - conveys excitement over a brewing internet fight, of which one chooses to not participate, but merely enjoy as an audience



This oughta be good (var.)



Thumbs up - can either be used genuinely (as an assent) or sarcastically (as condescending) over someone's actions



Turtle time - a call for celebration that typically implies imbibing Pinot Grigio



Well, well - conveys smugness; also can be used a sarcastic reaction to someone's smugness



We're listening - used to egg on a response that is likely to either be insufficient or unintelligent



Whatever - derisive or dismissive response



WTF - either a question or exclamation of confusion, amazement, or disbelief



Yay - an expression of elation