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“Whom” sounds smarter and more formal than “who,” even though many people don’t use it correctly. And if is whom is smart, then whomst has to be really smart, right? And forget about whomst’d and whomst’dn’tve; they’re for geniuses only.

The rise of “whomst” on Reddit in early February also helped popularize a new meme format, a grid of three or more glowing brains, signifying increasing excitement about the subjects next to them.

“Whom” is meh. “Whomst’d” is where you want to be.

Many incorrectly believe that “whom” is a form of “who” that pretentious people use when they want to sound smart. But if that were the case, then “whomst” would be even smarter, and “whomst’d” would be for absolute geniuses only. These two made-up words are sweeping the meme world this week.

Whomst has two primary meme-ological forebears. One is the “increasingly verbose” trope, where explanations become wordier as the meme goes on. This is also related to other jokey internet attempts to prove one’s intelligence.

Whomst has its own version of this grid, showing a brain in three (or four) states of increasing arousal.The “whomst” meme is new enough that it doesn’t have to be any good to get a laugh.

“Whomst” also doesn’t need those brain images to function. It’s been around on Tumblr for some time as a text-only meme. An anonymous person sends a Tumblr ask wondering, “Whomst?” and the response comes back … “Y’AIN’T’D’VE.”

Yes, “y’aint” and its various forms are also a grammar meme that’s picking up steam this month.“yaint” started on Tumblr in December with this image of an arm-wrestling Superman. In the comic, the formulation “you all are not” is defeated by the superior “YAINT*.” Similar images are now everywhere on Tumblr, with fans of various entertainment franchises casting their favorite characters in the dominant “YAINT*” role.

Tumblr’s YAINT* takes a very different direction than the “whomst” of Reddit and Instagram, but they do have one thing in common: glowing laser eyes.

If you had to point to a big trend in the good memes of early 2017, that would be it. Perhaps it started with Gordon Ramsay‘s glowing eyes in the Lamb Sauce Located meme, or perhaps it was a case of independent discovery.


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