I have no idea how it happened, but somehow I found myself browsing through the website: icanhascheezburger.com. It's a site where they take pictures of cats (and other animals) and write up captions for the picture. This is apparently supposed to be either:
I found it neither. But for some strange reason, I couldn't stop looking at more pictures.
It didn't take long to notice that things were spelled wrong on purpose and with awkward phrasing. Here's a good example:
The first thing I thought to myself was, "Mai Gawd! They's awl be race-eests!"
It was at that point that I decided I was going to do a post to uncover how these cats were being made out to sound like Jamaican-Creole gangsters. I was going to post a bunch of pictures as examples and hopefully get the story picked up by a major newspaper and expose these people as the bigots they were.
Then I actually did a little researching on these cats and discovered once again that I am a moron.
LOLCats is actually a huge internet phenomenon that has been going on for quite awhile. Unbeknownst to me. I went to my old friend wikipedia, and sure enough there is an LOLcats wiki-page.
Most of the phrasing for these cats come from different types of internet slang. A few examples you might recognize are:
"I'm in ur base killin' ur doodz."
"All your base are belong to us."
Just find a picture of a cat and insert your own awkward phrasing. Here's one I just made up for fun. If I'm breaking a copyright law, please let me know.
Okay, so it's harder than it looks.
Anyways, it's amazing that this has caught on and become so viral. Seriously, if you spend a little time looking it up, you'll see that this stuff is everywhere. Even more astounding is that this type of language (the Jamaican-Creole gangster style) is actually being developed and debated upon. Some are trying to build it into a feasible programming language. My head is about to explode, so I'd better just stop there.
Here are some interesting links on the subject:
LolCode and Feline Dialectology: This is a linguistic buff's point of view.
LOLCode: These are the guys who are currently working on a programming language. It's either genius or insanity. I can't decide which.
lolcats2.com: This just has a ton of LOLCats.