HURF DURF METAFILTER ANALYZER

The phrase “HURF DURF BUTTER EATER” was introduced to Metafilter on February 16th, 2005, in the text of an Ask Metafilter question relating in part to weight issues.  Later that year, the phrase gained visibility on the site thanks to a discussion of the original use, and Metafilter users began repeating and modifying the phrase in a variety of ways on the site.

From the original phrase, variations have developed on Metafilter, including but not limited to:

  • rhyming and non-rhyming adaptations of the original “HURF DURF [object] [verb taking object +er]” form (e.g. “HURF DURF DRAGON-READER”, “HURF DURF BOTTLE BREAKER”)
  • syntactically incongruous puns and rhymes (“HURF DURF BUTTER VADER”, “HURF DURF DEATH EATER”)
  • characterization of dismissive attitudes toward a topic (“hurf durf chauvinism!”, “HURF DURF TAROT”)
  • mocking paraphrases of argumentation (“hurf durf why can’t I tell all my awesome black jokes”, “Hay guyz I hrd DAILY KOS is 2 drs dwn on da left hurf durf”)
  • self-contained utterances (“Hurf durf.”)
  • explicit references to weight (“hurf durf” as synonym for fat; “hurf durfer” as fat person)
  • snowclone integration in fixed phrases (“To hurf durf or not to hurf durf”, “hurf minds durf alike”)

While the use of “hurf durf” or variants thereof certainly predates Metafilter’s use of it (citations have been made back to 2001 at least, and one user speculated that the fixed phrase HURF DURF BUTTER EATER itself dated to mid-90s USENET), the 2/16/05 use of “hurf durf” pre-dates any other on-site use of the rhyming-pair phrase or any variant I could find.

(There are two uses of stand-alone “derf”, however: 1/30/05, 5/17/01.  Both are notes of apology/self-deprecation.  There is also a stand-alone “durf”, 7/11/01, which I cannot make out the meaning of.  There are no earlier standalone references to “hurf”; and while a site search returns more than a dozen earlier hits for “herf”, these appear all to be either botched html [href gone bad] or references to HERF guns.)

I have used Metafilter’s on-site search functionality to examine all comments and posts between 2/16/05 and 4/15/08 in which both the strings “hurf” and “durf” appear.  I have created below an exhaustive chronological index of those posts and comments, grouping replies together and noting context, variations in the form, and other details as they struck me.

On search methodology:

Metafilter’s built-in site-search does not currently support quoted phrases; as my search was for all comments and posts containing both “hurf” and “durf”, this is an index of content containing both of those but in no particular order.  It does not contain comments that contain only one or the other, nor comments that contain only some variant suffix (“hurf durfery”) or spelling (“herf derf”) or variant spacing or possibly some forms of connecting punctuation (“hurfdurf”), except in cases where I tripped across such comments in the same thread as a search match.

A quick spot-check suggests there are more examples to be found in these variations; I may take a second pass at some point in the future to account for them.

Further ideas & misc:

The initial delayed onset, and then ebb and flow, of the meme’s use on the site interests me.  An analysis of hurf durfery as a function of time, and across different subsites of Metafilter, and as used by various users (some of whom have used one variation of or another of the meme many times) could be worth exploring.

The evolution of the meme can be reckoned anecdotally by reading through the index below, but it might be worth it to conduct a more careful analysis of the development of specific kinds of variation over time as the meme became increasingly generalized by new readers.

While the focus of this research was on Metafilter specifically, I’m interested as well in the pre-Mefi origins of “hurf durf” and variants; citations of earlier uses are more than welcome.

I have almost certainly conflated, abused, mangled or just plain omitted proper linguistics jargon in some of my notes below, and missed any number of fine distinctions in varied deployments of the meme.  Any helpful notes along these lines are also very welcome.

Incidentally, the OED has no entry for hurf or durf, nor herf; ‘derf’, however, was in play back in the 13th century, and could mean (among other things) “stout”.  This, I presume, is a coincidence.

Without further ado…

The HURF DURF index: 

2/16/05 – Need help with a condescending doctor. This may be girls-only so if you have a problem with words like “ovaries,” goodbye. It also involves my being a fat girl, so if you have the HURF DURF BUTTER EATER attitude, goodbye as well.

(Historical note: after a pair of heated threads on 2/28/08 and 3/1/05, coiner u.n. owen apparently disappeared from the site.)

3/12/05 – HURF DURF BUTTER EATER (in thread about obesity)
8/7/05 – HURF DURF TOBACCO EATER
10/1/5: Metafilter meetup photos posted, featuring user matildaben holding a sign that reads “HURF DURF REDLENTILEATER

10/3/05: Discussion of coinage of hurf durf pops up in Metatalk thread linking to photos. The spectre of u.n. owen’s unhappy departure earlier in the year is palpable. This thread also seems to inject the phrase into the general vocabulary; references become much more common going forward.

10/4/05 – HURF DURF SALADEATER (Peter Jackson has lost weight)
10/17/05 – HURF DURF BUTTERSTICK EATER (a baby panda was not named Butterstick after all)
10/19/05 – HURF DURF BOOKEREATER (davy wants a bottle of Booker’s)

  • bugbread notes google suggestion: “Did you mean: HURF BURF BOOGER EATER?” (An exploration of the less-common variant BURF [vs. DURF] variant is a side project of its own.)

10/22/05 – NO I DID NOT SAY HURF DURF BUTTER EATER YOU MUMLOVING BUTTPUPPET [warning, giant thread]
10/25/05 – HURF DURF BUTTER VADER (butter sculpture of Darth Vader; non noun-verb+er variant)

  • interrobang: “HURF DURF BUTTER VADER” is one of the funniest things I’ve ever read, and I really wish I could explain it to my friends.

10/26/05 – (not a hurf durf buttereater) (on having round cheeks but not being fat; label as count-noun name for fat person; lower-case rendering)
10/30/05 – HURF DURF CANDY EATER
11/9/05 – Stupid HURF DURF butter fingers (on a typo; mixing of case; slant rhyme)
11/14/05 – HURF DURF GOOGLEFILTER (-er as part of root noun form, not verbal suffix; collision with FooFilter meme)
11/17/05 – HURF DURF THREAD EATER (commentary on likely both the thread deletion and candybar-eating topic of deleted thread)
11/17/05 – hurf durf supporting the nation, strike out on our own (hurf durf as introduction to dismissive summary of rhetoric)
11/23/05 – HURF DURF BUTTER EBERT (on Roger Ebert’s weight and loss thereof)
11/26/05 – hurf durf (self-contained utterance) (note small text. Final comment in thread about fake askme prank; hurfer among irc crowd responsible for both this prank and much of the anti-u.n. owen sentiment in meltdown; so hurf might be non sequitur or may be a comment on fakery as juxtaposed against u.n. owen’s own dramatic past and status as originator of meme. Subject cannot recall details.)

12/9/05: thread about saving a puppy, with comparisons to u.n. owen due to fund-raising. Discussion of etymology of hurf durf ensues, including speculation on pre-mefi origins of the phrase. Note BURF vs. DURF in speculation.

12/5/05 – ludwig_van: If it’s a close friend, then perhaps I’ll say “Hurf durf butter-eater.”
1/3/06 – “HURF DURF” as the alt text for a linked image of food (the image itself also contains the phrase)
1/10/06 – What is it? Hurf durf butter eater? There, I said it and I meant it. (thread about obesity)
1/26/06 – “durf, I don’t know why you , hurf, flagged” (characterizing internal thought process of misparsed kneejerk responses to askme questions; decomposition of fixed phrase into separate parts)
1/30/06 – HURF DURF SERVER EATER (the linked site had gone down)
2/2/06 – HURF DURF APPLEPIEEATER (on taunting Americans)
2/26/06 – [fixed typo, removed "HURF DURF TYPOO!" comments] (variation from -er form; first use in administrative context)
3/9/06 – HURF DURF HUMMOUS EATER (re: previous REDLENTILEATER signage)
3/14/06 – LOL hurf durf chauvinism!
4/5/06 – hurf durf cocks lol (a non sequitur? I have no idea what I was getting at here.)
4/16/06 – HURF DURF MUNCHKIN EATER (thread about cannibalism/child-eating)
4/17/06 – sign me up omg hurf durf fascism is teh funny (meme as component in general mock-stupid text)
4/20/06 – while I’m hardly a twig I’m no hurf-durf butter eater (hyphenation of hurf-durf)
5/4/06 – you act like a hurf-durf ten year old (on boyzone / objectification comments)
5/7/06 – HURF DURF mouthbreather (of non-vegan food thieves)

6/29/06 – (Hurf durf butter eater!) (explicit reference back to origin thread)

7/6/06 – (hurf durf butter eater)
7/7/06 – hurf durf testicle inspector

7/14/06 – HURF DURF CAT MASHER
7/28/06 – HURF DURF BUTTER EATER! (obesity thread)
8/4/06 – hurf durf butter eater?
8/14/06 – Hurf Durf Chiropractors Are Insane! (comment from pro-chiro user; Title Caps rendering)
9/1/06 – Your (cough– hurf durf butter eater) friend is acting crazy.
9/6/06 – hurf durf (as “pointing out the obvious” text of link to wikipedia article)
9/14/06 – Hay guyz I hrd DAILY KOS is 2 drs dwn on da left hurf durf (third use in a month from user prostyle — see also 9/6, 8/14 entries)
9/25/06 – It’d be easier to believe if you were, I don’t know, a bit more hurf-durf? (hurf-durf as simple synonym for fat or obese)
9/29/06 – either try to get this hurf durf butter eater loser out or get out myself
10/6/06 – Hurf durf communion eaters” (on anti-Christian commentary)
10/9/06 – there’s a bunch of HURF DURF flying around in the new thread.
10/13/06 – hurf durf lmao (characterizing past dismissals of later Nobel-winning lending model)

10/13/06 – Hurf durf communion eaters (same user, klangklangston, as previous 10/6 instance; see also LOLXIANS meme)

10/24/06 – the people are hurf-durf fratboys (of Westwood, WI)

10/25/06 – Hurf Durf Communion Eaters (klangklangston again, re: Dawkins again)

11/1/06 – HURF DURF PING PONG VAGINA

11/8/06 – I’m a hurf durf butter eater
11/18/06 – “hurf durf bush freedom terrorists.”
11/20/06 – HURF DURF DONUT-ROBOT-42-OUTPUT EATER
11/20/06 – HURF DURF CHUNKYBITS EATER (on choking on one’s own vomit)
11/21/06 – making HURF DURF BOOBIES comments
12/10/06 – How do you say hurf durf butter-eater” in the Queen’s English?
12/16/06 – hurf durf book eater (post title, from jessamyn)

12/19/06 – Hurf Durf stupid Iraqis! (prostyle again)

12/21/06 – hurf durf enlightenment (religion thread)

12/29/06 – HURF DURF POOP comments (admin comment from jessamyn)

1/3/07 – HURF DURF DECLAW MY NOISY IMMIGRANT NEIGHBOR’S OVERWEIGHT DEAF SISTER THAT I KNOCKED UP

  • jerseygirl replies?: hurf durf makes every day better

1/11/07 – hurf durf car bomb derby (prostyle)

1/14/07 – waste of time hurf durf wordplay joke? (thread deletion reason, followed by metatalk thread in which:)

1/15/07 – the ‘hurf durf Darwin awards!’-morons
1/15/07 – a few hurf durf comments removed (admin comment)
1/18/07 – Hurf and durf (faux prophetic text)
1/19/07 – metatalk is available for your HURF DURF TOFU discussions (admin comment)

1/20/07 – HURF DURF BUTTER EATER RICH PERSON SUXX0RS

1/22/07 – hurf durf brandin’ face, up your kiester with a pointy mace
1/22/07 – HURF DURF WII EATER / HURF DURF BUTTER WII-ER
1/26/07 – HURF DURF COIN EATER
2/6/07 – HURF DURF COUNT THE RINGS (admin comment)

2/10/07 – the typical Dem, “Yeah, I’m a person of faith, whatever hurf durf,” mealey-mouthed pandering

2/14/07 – hurf durf diversity lolz

2/14/07 – Once said hurf durf butter eater” (lyric from song by cortex, with citations, re: u.n. owen)

2/16/07 – hurf durf butter eater? (in thread on terms of dismissiveness)
2/17/07 – she’s a flake hurf durf
2/17/07 – a “HURF DURF BUTTER EATER” post

2/18/07 – Hurf durf liver eater? (on foie gras ban)

2/22/07 – Because you are a big fat hurf durf butter eater. (faux answer to faux question)
2/25/07 – HURF DURF MEFI STALKERS
2/26/07 – hurf-durf-paddle-eaters (on level of fraternity-related discourse)
2/26/07 – HURF DURF BUTT EATER (metafilter memes as porn titles)
2/27/07 – hurf-durf “agriculture leads to complexity” generalizations

3/8/07 – HURF DURF BOTTLE BREAKER (anildash, criticizing reaction to his suggestion that AskMe be turned white)

3/20/07 – LET THE HURF DURF HIPPIES HYPERBOLE COMMENCE
3/31/07 – HURF DURF TU QUOQUE

4/4/07 – hurf durf sophmoric lol pathos assclowns

4/4/07 – hurf durf butter eater

  • French Fry replies in thread: …who are not so hurf durf about things (hurf durf as adjectival description, i.e. ‘dismissive’ or specifically ‘dismissive of non-weight explanations for health issues’)

4/4/07 – but HURF DURF BUTTER EATER is a much bigger problem / hurf durf (metatalk on obesity issues)

4/4/07 – HURF DURF ASH SNORTER (on Keith Richards’ dad’s ashes)
4/8/07 – without anyone going hurf durf let me in your pants.”
4/11/07 – You don’t need to be ruled to be oppressed, hurf durf.
4/11/07 – you don’t have to be hurf-durf to have apnea. I’m 5’11″ and 145 lbs. (phrase as direct adjectival replacement for ‘fat’)

4/13/07 – HURF DURF, etc. (on discovery of the ‘fat gene’)

  • George_Spiggot replies: You do know the plural is “hurves durf”, right? Not “hurf durves”, as you might naively expect.
  • robocop is bleeding: HURF DURF BUTTER-FUCKER?
  • pyramid termite: hurf durf, surf and turf, what a girth
  • Benjamin Nushmutt: Actually George, I believe the plural is hurf d’oeuvres.
  • Mister_A: I hate the durfing, but I don’t mind the hurfing.

4/18/07 – HURF DURF BABY EATER

4/18/07 – thanks hurf durf kirth, for pointing out the obvious. (pejorative nicknaming of other users)

4/20/07 – Ah, gotta say, Hurf Durf, Butter Eater.

4/20/07 – Thou shalt not think any girl over the size of 14 that eats a sandwich is a hurf-durf butter eater (from parody lyrics by robocop is bleeding)
4/20/07 – all this HURF DURF WAFER EATER stuff (Catholic-specific variant of older COMMUNION WAFER meme!)
4/23/07 – Yours Truly, Hurf-Durf (hurf durf as anthropomorphized meme)

4/24/07 – And don’t let anyone be all HURF DURF RHYTHM METHOD. (use of ‘be all’ as introduction of hurf durf discourse caricature/paraphrase)

4/24/07 – just using the question as a chance to judge and HURF DURF HURF DURF (repetition; use as infinitive form, “to HURF DURF”, to engage in hurf-durfery.)
4/29/07 – hurf durf reactionary conservative types
4/30/07 – HURF DURF VAGINA EATER? (pun on ‘honeypot’ as unintentional euphemism?)
5/9/07 – BOIZONE BOIZONE!! hurf durf hurf durf. (repetition again; ThePinkSuperhero again.)
5/12/07 – hurf durf xtainlolstoopid? (another partial collision with LOLXIANS meme)
5/13/07 – HURF DURF I’ve seen this question before” (admin comment)
5/19/07 – “hurf durf why can’t I tell all my awesome black jokes.”
5/20/07 – the “HURF DURF OVERTHINKER” bullshit (collision with “over think a plate of beans” meme)
5/21/07 – Don’t neglect the all-important Hurf durf soy-butter eaters! (response to “LOLVEGANZ” comment)

5/22/07 – Can I have a HURF DURF, BUTTEREATERS? (In a metatalk thread about fatness on the site)

  • Rock Steady replies: I don’t see the vitriol that has been common to hurfy-durfy threads in the past (variant hurfy-durfy)

5/22/07 – HERE WE’LL DROP SOME BOMBS ON YOUR FUCKING HEADS HURF DURF HERES A FUCKING TV CHANNEL TO FUCK YOU PEOPLE.
5/22/07 – And your name is, “Hurf Durf Butter Eater,” because only one thing counts in this life, get them to click the links by you on the blue! (riffing off Glengarry Glen Ross)
5/23/07 – Yay technical jargon with no point whatsoever hurf durf !!

5/25/07 – hurf durf british accents! (regarding chrismear’s recording of robocop is bleeding’s 4/20/07 parody lyrics)

  • mathowie: “butta eatta” in a british accent was AWESOME (regional phonetic variation of hurf durf)
  • oaf: Also “höf döf.”

5/30/07 – And spare me your hurf durf about your awesomely fine-tuned ears. (hurf durf as mass noun label for dismissive comments)

6/1/07 – Hurf Durf Salad Eater?
6/2/07 – It looks like we may have finally got all the hurf durf out of our system.

6/6/07 – hurf durf, y’all. (in a thread [warning: very large] that had turned recently to a discussion of u.n. owen)

6/7/07 – going all “hippie treehugger hurf-durf libtard get a job
6/8/07 – HURF DURF HERE’S A BIG TUNA SANGWICH WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT!!!1 (incorporation of b1ff-style !!!1 convention)
6/9/07 – Outrage outrage much wailing and gnashing of teeth corruption cabal hurf durf dash it all.
6/10/07 – well, “hurf durf people should do what the fuck they want, man, party” gets on MY nerves

6/12/07 – HURF DURF BUTTER SELLER (responding to butter salesman analogy)

  • Later, from LordSludge: “oh well, at least she didn’t shoot me in teh balls! hurf durf
  • languagehat quotes and responds, and adds: I’d just go “hurf durf, what an asshole.”
  • The God Complex quotes and responds to languagehat

6/13/07 – drstein said “tired of the far-left attitude, not “ready to run for chair of the Texas GOP,” hurf durf.
6/14/07 – hurf durf butter stealers.
6/19/07 – IM IN UR THREADS REFUTIN UR COMPARISONS HURF DURF (collision with KILLIN UR DUDES meme; prostyle again)
6/19/07 – STOP with the HURF DURF IPHONEZ remarks. (admin comment)
6/19/07 – (buffer – get it? Hurf durf) (thread on obesity)
6/23/07 – Only Hurf Durf Rush Limbaugh listeners.
6/24/07 – HURF DURF NERF LUVVER (rhyme against ‘nerf’)
7/1/07 – May I humbly suggest “HURF DURF WEIGHTER LOSER“?
7/4/07 – HURF DURF PRIUS SPEEDER
7/4/07 – Hurf durf I’m a dead meme (not self-referential, apparently)
7/5/07 – But thanks for assuming my question meant that I want hurf durf no fat chix in comix.
7/19/07 – HURF DURF DEATH EATER (Harry Potter thread; incorporation of compound phrase ['Death Eater' is a name])

7/20/07 – Hurf durf cake eaters.

7/22/07 – make HURF DURF NATURAL SELECTION jokes

7/24/07 – Blah blah blah hurf durf. (hurf durf as non-pejorative placeholder, a la ‘blah blah’, ‘yadda yadda’)
7/26/07 – HURF DURF WHITE PEOPLE BLACK PEOPLE SOMETHINGAWFUL.COM
7/27/07 – Hurf durf I’m blind to the starkest differences in degree.
7/28/07 – HURF DURF CORN SYRUP EATERS

8/2/07 – hurf :D durf

  • likely a response to a comment from tehloki containing a (now broken) link to a custom coin image
  • UbuRoivas also seems to be responding to said comment with an analysis of the coin, referencing among other things “implied butter-eating

8/3/07 – And I’m sure that the hurf will durf.
8/3/07 – Other extreme sports include hurf-durf-roommate-bowling
8/6/07 – HURF DURF LIFE IS ALL ABOUT SAVING UP FOR YOUR TOMBSTONE (the third hurf durf reference from tehloki in a few days)
8/8/07 – my hurf durf psychic powers have influenced all of their choices
8/8/07 – Hurf Durf Your Name is Funnay jokes
8/9/07 – this isn’t some HURF DURF GAYS R BAD thing
8/10/07 – all this “hurf durf gonna sue the fuckers for violating my rights” is inane.

8/12/07 – keep your HURF DURF BOOBIEZ talk elsewhere please

8/16/07 – H = Hurf / D = Durf (thread with metafilter-as-alphabet theme)

  • followup by same poster: askme surelythiswillwendell surelythiswillwendell hurfdurf askme thomcatspike.

8/16/07 – Ah. In that case, hurf durf. (tehloki again)

  • earlier in that thread, quonsar: i hurf / i derf (variant spelling ‘derf’)

8/21/07 – HURF DURF CACHE CLEARED DURF SHURF. (note DURF SHURF coda)
8/21/07 – Argh. I had a feeling I might just be trying to hurf durf metafilter at the exact wrong times. (tehloki yet again; another clearcut infinitive example)
8/21/07 – Oh. Forgot to preview. Looks like hurf minds durf alike. (hurf and durf as placeholders in other fixed phrases; tehloki is basically in love with the hurf durf meme at this point)
8/23/07 – hurf durf flower eater
8/27/07 – I’m thinking maybe “eener meener” should be the new “hurf durf“.
9/3/07 – HURF DURF POTSMOKING HIPPIES
9/3/07 – HURF DURF TYPOO! (markovfilter: randomly generated text from jessamyn’s posting history)
9/6/07 – the hurf durf sandwich eating dj
9/7/07 – HURF DURF! $140 DINNER EATER!
9/10/07 – I was expecting the thread to be full of “hurf durf dumb lawyr” comments
9/11/07 – Your basic point is that the hurf will durf. (markovfilter again)

9/11/07 – hurf-durf-poolio-is-the-new-wendell’ injokes

9/13/07 – hurf durf hotmail (reference to infamous argument about hotmail password management)
9/14/07 – the hurf durf brigade
9/18/07 – should be trivially brushed aside, maybe even with a hurf durf?

9/19/07 – HURF DURF Marlene Dietrich!

9/21/07 – hurf durf Wilde attributer and all that
9/23/07 – I’m more familiar with his “hurf durf I don’t unnerstan’ science I eats poop” postings.
9/24/07 – Hurf durf firefox downloader, sure

9/24/07 – HURF DURF VISTA EATER (metafilter thread title)

9/25/07 – So, it’s a little more complicated than “hurf durf falafel eater“.
9/26/07 – the HURF DURF HIPSTERS WEARING VOTE FOR PEDRO T-SHIRTS! joke.
9/27/07 – [HURF DURF CETACEANS GOODBYE, jeez] (admin comment)
9/28/07 – pelt them with kittens, chanting “HURF DURF! HURF DURF!” (explicit acknowledgement of hurf durf as metafilter catchphrase)
9/28/07 – Hurf durf, I have no preview skills.

10/1/07 – HURF DURF READING GETS IN WAY OF SNARK.

10/10/07 – hurf durf buttercream icing eater

10/10/07 – Hurf durf.

  • breezeway responds: That “hurf durf” hurt, though. Nice one.
  • hermitosis clarifies: Sorry. I figured it would be obvious that “hurf durf” was aimed at butterstick.

10/10/07 – anyone who made a “hurfdurf you’re on the internet too haha gotcha” comment: Really? Gimme a break. (no-space ‘hurfdurf’ variation)

10/10/07 – if metafilter were in charge of naming bands, every band in the world would have a corny-ass in-joke name like “We Have Cameras” or “Hurf Durf Portobello” or “Jonmc Hammer.”
10/16/07 – hurf durf it sucks to be humans stuck in a tribalistic mentaility

10/16/07 – “hurf durf, doesn’t do what he says

10/18/07 – HURF DURF BUTTON EATER
10/19/07 – HURF DURF CAT-HERDER
10/20/07 – the usual hurf-durf butter-eater comments

10/29/07 – HURF DURF ANN COULTER MANGINA

10/29/07 – Kind of like your strawman, hurf durf. (prostyle again!)

10/29/07 – really we’re just a nation of Hurf Durfers (Hurf Durfer as label for fat person)

10/30/07 – she’s got that whole hurf durf thing going on

  • bondcliff responds: hurf durf (as Metafilter bingo square)

10/31/07 – HURF DURF TOUGH ON CRIME
11/7/07 – I think HURF that this is a DURF contentious issue that BUDDER probably isn’t best discussed on EATER metafilter.
11/8/07 – Hurf durf.
11/9/07 – HURF DURF I CAN’T LINK PROPPA-LIKE.
11/10/07 – Hurf durf butter photographer.
11/10/07 – “HURF DURF FPS = MURDER TRAINER. GAMERZ = IMMATURE BOYZ LOL

11/11/07 – “HURF DURF FAT CHICKS, AMIRITE?”

11/12/07 – HURF DURF SCAMBAIT (askme title)

11/13/07 – HURF DURF QUONSAR HOLY FOOL SUCKJOB NUTSACK SHITWANGLE EVOLUTION

11/14/07 – HURF DURF flagged as offensive.
11/16/07 – a few HURF DURF comments flagged and removed (admin comment)
11/18/07 – I’m fairly surprised that no one’s used the term ‘hurfday‘ yet in this thread

11/20/07 – HURF DURF TIGER-BUTTER EATER
11/20/07 – “This video is no longer available due to a hurf claim by durf.” (tehloki again)
11/23/07 – In case anyone is still wondering: HDBE = Hurf Durf Butter Eater. (acronymization of phrase; note that no one had previously or has since used HDBE on the site, other than in this thread.)

11/24/07 – HURF DURF BUTTERCAT SCANNERS

  • XMLicious is interested: Tell me more about these buttercat scanners, hurf durf.

11/26/07 – “What happens when the sun isn’t shining hurf durf
11/26/07 – responses that were like “HURF DURF NO SUCH THING

11/27/07 – Oh, and, uh, hurf durf butter chicken. (tehloki)

  • Later comment from tehloki: …stake out a table with a HURF DURF BUTTER CHICKEN sign (hurf durf as literal content of signage for meetup organization purposes)

11/28/07 – The near-constant hurfdurfery present in every thread.

  • shmegegge agrees: …yet ANOTHER fucking “this will wendell plate of beans cameras vibrate circumcision lolfatties hurf durf” reiteration (is the objection to the literal phrase ‘hurf durf’, or to activity describable as hurfdurfery, or to both?)

12/17/07 – even for us ignorant U.S. folk (hurf durf)

12/19/07 – all that “Hurf Durf You Suck Asshole

12/20/07 – HURF DURF BUTTERSTICK (an explicit complement to the earlier implicit 10/10/07 use; incorporation of thematic username; butterstick as username is itself apparently an explicit reference to the baby panda naming debacle referenced in 10/15/07 cite [profile page for user reads 'got bamboo?', occupation 'Panda cub', location 'National Zoo')

1/23/08 - Enough with the HURF DURF SNUGGLE PUPPIES stuff ([warning, large thread]; admin comment, first H-D such from cortex)

1/26/08 – Also: hurf durf sweater puppies. (Not hurf-durfist!) (collision with [NOT X-IST] meme)

1/29/08 – I was prepared to see some HURF DURF TAROT + some HURF DURF BARBIE

  • GuyZero quotes and responds: am I a bad person for wanting more HURF DURF in my life?

1/29/08 – any thoughts of hurf durf lesbians!!1! threesomes!!1!!1! that straight males might be expected to have

2/1/08 – Anyone tempted to HURF DURF this thread should check their own BMI first. (thread on obesity, BMI)

2/1/08 – when they go, “HURF DURF. OBAMA –> OSAMA.

2/4/08 – ps hurf durf
2/5/08 – hurf, durf foolsgoldloafeater (of Elvis’ favorite sandwich; Elvis did put on some weight…)
2/5/7 – OMFG good one!!! Nailed me! ZING! HURF DURF! Ahhhh-OOOO-GAH!
2/7/08 – a hurf durf buttereater
2/13/08 – the usual HURF DURF
2/13/08 – ‘hurf durf look at the stupid musician‘ material
2/14/08 – HURF DURF STUPID HSITPORICAL PEOPLE

2/21/08 – so enough with the HURF DURF VEAL.

2/21/08 – /hurf durf (in reference to “too much butter” in previous comment; code-style termination-of-mode meme)
2/21/08 – all the hurf durf noise about king and rowling
2/22/08 – HURF DURF BUBBLE TEATER (previous comment mentioned Bubble Tea)
2/24/08 – ‘must support establishment Dem candidate hurf durf, smash peons who dare to disagree’ comments
2/25/08 – To hurf durf or not to hurf durf, that was the question. (Shakespearification.)
2/26/08 – Well hurf-de-durf! Arguing on the Internet is like winning the special olypmics! Work is for people who don’t know how to fish! My kid beat up your honor student!

2/28/08 – HerfDerfGuardianReader (Metatalk post; discussion of standard vs. non-standard form)

  • davey_darling objects: You spelled Hurf Durf wrong.
  • Sparx counters: I spelled it geographically correctly (regional orthographics)

2/29/08 – you seem to think that “hurf-durf gay hater” covers a multitude of bad things people have done

  • CKmtl quotes and responds: I responded to konolia directly and didn’t hurf-durf at her (verb taking a prepositional “at” complement)
  • pyramid termite quotes and responds
  • CKmtl responds to that as well: Nowhere did I extrapolate from that that she should be hurf-durfed at

3/1/08 – There tends to be a lot of hurf durf buttsecks around here

3/2/08 – Hurf durf it was a post-modern experiment!
3/3/08 – Hurf durf the-end-is-nigher. (The H-D that got me thinking about hurfdurfery, a month or so back; ambiguity in parsing hyphenated-verb-phrase+er vs. hyphenated phrase terminated by adjective-plus-superlative +er form; how would this ambiguity be resolved by someone unfamiliar with the meme?)
3/3/08 – HURF DURF BUTTER BUTTON PUSHERS
3/4/08 – HURF DURF DRAGON-READER mockery
3/5/08 – HURF DURF BODY OF CHRIST EATER etc. (another Christianity variant)

3/6/08 – the “hurf durf nicolas cage sux so all his movies do too” crowd

3/8/08 – HURF-DURF-DEVIANTS is not. Just like HURF-DURF-VANILLAS is not. (hyphenation of whole phrase)
3/9/08 – Set sail for the isle of Hurf De Durf!

3/10/08 – [warning: very large thread; user footnote links to onsite hurf durf search, in a metatalk thread discussing a poster's identity in which u.n. owen has been mentioned]

3/11/08 – the attendant hurf-durf-fringe-candidates mocking and silencing
3/16/08 – Expecting to call her out on it based on HURF DURF and have everything be a-ok is unfeasible. (askme thread asking advice about wife’s weight gain)
3/16/08 – hurf durf butter (link to metafilter search results for same, in thread asking about metafilter history)
3/17/08 – hurf durf obama eater
3/19/08 – hurf-durf wisecracks about Texas, Italy, and women
3/22/08 – Hurf durf butter wearer!

3/26/08 – Hurf durf.

3/31/08 – hurf durf grump grump
3/31/08 – a lot of the HURF DURF MEAT EATERs hadn’t read the blog (change in case to indicate that HDME is a class of people, pluralized, vs. “EATERS” as plural target of hurfdurfery)
4/1/08 - Please no HURF DURF Big Oil (askme title text)

4/11/08 – HURF DURF YOUTUBE READER
4/14/08 – Hurf durf parity eater
4/15/08 – Althouse and her hurf-durf-breasts fellow bloggers

23 thoughts on “HURF DURF METAFILTER ANALYZER

  1. Digging into Jerk City’s archives, a bit, here’s some results for HURF and for BLURF.

    No specific sign of the “HURF DURF HOIF HRUGLRAHRA” ikkyu2 used on 2/16/05, though whether that’s because of a misremembering on his part, poor transcription of the comic (see e.g. “HURR BURR” for “HURF BLURF” in this comic, or just plain incomplete Jerk City archives, I don’t know. Still, the Jerk City connection is obviously solid.

  2. Another variant, unconsidered in this analysis: HURR DURR. I imagine there are a lot of variant spellings that would turn up at least some hits, when you get right down to it.

  3. BTW, do NOT go to hurfdurf.com, and if you do, do not click on the already-awful graphic which links to old skool goatse.

    Which is enough to scare me away from hurf durfery for good.

  4. Brilliantly done, but you need to get a hobby, Mr. Millard Cortex Shatner, sir.

    Corrections needed (feel free to delete this part):

    (Historical note: after a pair of heated threads on 2/28/08 and 3/1/05, coiner u.n. owen apparently disappeared from the site.)

    - Should be 2/28/05 on that first date.

    10/1/5: Metafilter meetup photos posted, featuring user matildaben holding a sign that reads “HURF DURF REDLENTILEATER”

    - Should be 10/1/05.

  5. How many of these will it take before some school grants you an honorary PhD in linguistics or sociology or some bastard intermediate discipline?

  6. I have to admit, I read through this mostly to see if you caught this one…

    “6/12/07 – HURF DURF BUTTER SELLER (responding to butter salesman analogy)”

    …as I was the one who made the butter salesman analogy purely at random, having never seen or heard the phrase HURF DURF BUTTER EATER.

    Also, I laughed out loud at “Hurf Durf Testicle Inspector.”

    That is all.

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