Lolcat

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A lolcat (pronounced ), or LOLcat, is an image macro of one or more cats.wikipedia
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Image macro

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A lolcat (pronounced ), or LOLcat, is an image macro of one or more cats.
LOLCats, which are images of expressive cats coupled with texts, are considered to be the first notable occurrence of image macros.

4chan

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The first recorded use of the term "lolcat" was used on 4chan, an anonymous imageboard.
The site has been described as a hub of Internet subculture, with 4chan's community being influential in the formation and spread of prominent Internet memes, including lolcats, Rickrolling, and rage comics, as well as activist and political movements, such as Anonymous and the alt-right.

Harry Whittier Frees

Other notable early figures include Harry Whittier Frees and (using mounted animals) Walter Potter.
He dressed the animals and posed them in human situations with props, often with captions; these can be seen as progenitors of modern lolcats.

Imageboard

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The first recorded use of the term "lolcat" was used on 4chan, an anonymous imageboard. Lolcats are commonly designed for photo sharing imageboards and other Internet forums.
Many Internet memes have originated there, including lolcats, rickrolling and Pedobear.

Internet slang

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The text parodies the grammar-poor patois stereotypically attributed to Internet slang.
New dialects of slang, such as leet or Lolspeak, develop as ingroup internet memes rather than time savers.

Internet meme

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Some phrases have a known source, usually a well-known Internet meme, such as All your base are belong to us or Do not want, while others don't.
It may be just a word or phrase, sometimes including intentional misspellings, (such as in lolcats) or corrupted grammar, as in doge and "All your base are belong to us".

LOLCODE

The syntax of lolcat captions was used as the basis for LOLCODE, an esoteric programming language with interpreters and compilers available in .NET Framework, Perl, etc.
LOLCODE is an esoteric programming language inspired by lolspeak, the language expressed in examples of the lolcat Internet meme.

I Can Has Cheezburger?

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Ikenburg adds that the images have been "slinking around the Internet for years under various labels, but they did not become a sensation until early 2007 with the advent of I Can Has Cheezburger?" The first image on "I CAN HAZ CHEEZBURGER?"
ICHC was instrumental in bringing animal-based image macros and lolspeak into mainstream usage and making internet memes profitable.

LOLCat Bible Translation Project

"Ceiling Cat" and the corresponding "Basement Cat" (a black cat who lives in the basement) represent good and evil in the lolcat universe, and in some cases God and Satan, as in the LOLCat Bible Translation Project.
The LOLCat Bible Translation Project was a wiki-based website set up in July 2007 by Martin Grondin, where editors aim to parody the entire Bible in "LOLspeak", the slang popularized by the LOLcat Internet phenomenon.

Grumpy Cat

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Lolcats and parodies created from the photograph by Reddit users became viral.

Polandball

Another example is Polandball, which uses broken English, reminiscent of the lolcat meme.
With the exception of English-speaking ones, interactions between countryballs tend to be written in broken English and Internet slang, reminiscent of the lolcat meme, and by the end of the cartoon Poland, which is purposely represented as red on top of white (the reverse of the Polish flag), is typically seen weeping.

Laugh-Out-Loud Cats

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The series consists of mostly single-panel cartoons that combine internet memes associated with LOLcats (from which the series takes its name) and other forms of internet slang and contemporary humor with a visual style that pays homage to early 20th century comic strips such as Krazy Kat.

Cute cat theory of digital activism

It posits that most people are not interested in activism; instead, they want to use the web for mundane activities, including surfing for pornography and lolcats ("cute cats").

Sensational spelling

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The caption is intentionally written with deviations from standard English spelling and grammar, featuring "strangely- [sic]conjugated verbs, but a tendency to converge to a new set of rules in spelling and grammar".

Esoteric programming language

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The syntax of lolcat captions was used as the basis for LOLCODE, an esoteric programming language with interpreters and compilers available in .NET Framework, Perl, etc.
LOLCODE is designed to resemble the speech of lolcats.

Cats That Look Like Hitler

Cats, like those on the Cats That Look Like Hitler website, seem to have an overwhelming presence on the Internet, in memes (see LOLcats) as well as various YouTube videos and related sites.

Doge (meme)

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Io9 compared the internal dialog of the Shiba Inu dogs to lolspeak.

Cat

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A lolcat (pronounced ), or LOLcat, is an image macro of one or more cats.

Idiosyncrasy

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The image's text is often idiosyncratic and grammatically incorrect, and is known as lolspeak.

Grammar

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The image's text is often idiosyncratic and grammatically incorrect, and is known as lolspeak.

Compound (linguistics)

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Lolcat is a compound word of the acronymic abbreviation LOL (laugh out loud) and the word "cat".

Acronym

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Lolcat is a compound word of the acronymic abbreviation LOL (laugh out loud) and the word "cat".