What Does DERP Mean in a Text?

The word DERP is used in reply to stupid comment. It became popular following the appearance of Mr. Derp on South Park.

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When I write DERP, I mean this:

meaning of DERP

"I'm glad to see you're not letting your education get in the way of your ignorance."

Summary of Key Points

"Reply to Stupid Comment" is the most common definition for DERP on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Reply to Stupid Comment
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of DERP in Sentences

Here are examples of DERP being used in conversations:
  • Charlie: Does iOS7 waterproof your phone?
  • Jordan: DERP.
  • Charlie: If I'm driving, I expect to be paid. I'm not your bloody taxi!
  • Jordan: DERP.
  • Charlie: What religion is she?
  • Jordan: African.
  • Charlie: DERP.

An Academic Look at DERP

DERP is an interjection. An interjection is not grammatically related to any other part of the sentence. It is included in a sentence (usually at the start) to express a sentiment such as surprise, disgust, joy, excitement, or enthusiasm. In formal writing, interjections are offset from the surrounding words with commas. For example:
  • DERP, are you serious?
  • (DERP expresses a mix of surprise and disgust.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Are you for real?" instead of DERP.

Example of DERP Used in a Text

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