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Worm

interjection; analogy
The saying “Oh worm?” has a meaning similar to “Oh really?” or “Oh, word?” that expresses surprise towards something, or a state of agreement and approval of it.
 
Worm, typically said in the phrase “Oh worm?” was formed through analogy to “Oh, word?” due to their similarity in spelling and pronunciation; it has nothing to do with the insect, and can be thought of homonymous to it. Initially, “Oh, word?” appeared as a caption for a meme, but was misspelled a few times as “Oh, worm?”. This misspelling grew more popular, giving worm the more general meaning it now has. This is an example of how misspellings and mispronunciation of words can grow to be more accepted, to the point where they receive acceptance as their own word. It is especially useful to convey a sarcastic or goofy mood.
Etymology : Descended as a misspelling from the phrase “Oh, word?”
Source : Multiple comments from a friend in reaction to a story I was telling, “Oh, worm!” or simply “worm”. March, 2019
Last modified: 10 December 2019


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