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.
- librarina, praise
- sugarfish, praise
- scody, praise
- mrbill, praise
- ikkyu2: HURF DURF HOIF HRUGLRAHRA (ikkyu2 reports this as an explicit Jerk City reference)
- iconomy, noting Google’s indexing of phrase
- u.n. owen, pleased
- davidmsc, confusion
- nakedcodemonkey, deploying phrase as negative characterization of bad doctor
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.)
- 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.
- scody: hurf durf pupper
- knave, asking for etymology
- Rumple, citing origin thread
- mendel: I remember HURF BURF BUTTER EATER on Usenet in the mid-1990s but can’t find anything to back it up. I’m pretty sure that link to the u.n.owen thread is just referencing it, though, not making it up anew. (citation of pre-mefi use)
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)
- chiababe reports promised continued use of the phrase
- deadmessenger discovers, loves it
- jessamyn chides HURF DURFery (HURF DURFery as mass noun label for jokey/dismissive comments)
- McGuillicuddy responds: You’d have to be a hurf durf testicle inspector to catch a glimpse of anything but thigh.
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)
- Smart Dalek, in metatalk thread about deletion of previous cite’s thread: HURF DURF CREATOR HATER
10/24/06 – the people are hurf–durf fratboys (of Westwood, WI)
10/25/06 – Hurf Durf Communion Eaters (klangklangston again, re: Dawkins again)
- KirkJobSluder quotes and replies
11/1/06 – HURF DURF PING PONG VAGINA
- Armitage Shanks riffs
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)
- undule quotes and replies
12/21/06 – hurf durf enlightenment (religion thread)
12/29/06 – HURF DURF POOP comments (admin comment from jessamyn)
- evilcolonel, responding in metatalk: Meet my new sockpuppet, HURF DURF POOP.
- languagehat, in same thread: HURF DURF COFFEE
- jerseygirl replies?: hurf durf makes every day better
1/11/07 – hurf durf car bomb derby (prostyle)
- oaf quotes and responds (specifically unpacking implications of hurf durf construction)
1/14/07 – waste of time hurf durf wordplay joke? (thread deletion reason, followed by metatalk thread in which:)
- quonsar (pretends?) confusion
- ardgedee cites 2001 Jerk City comic strip (“HURF BLURF DUH“)
- Rhomboid cites original thread
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)
- shmegegge quotes and responds
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
- joe lisboa replies: HURF DURF BIBLE-BEATER
2/14/07 – hurf durf diversity lolz
- bugmuncher quotes and responds
2/14/07 – Once said “hurf durf butter eater” (lyric from song by cortex, with citations, re: u.n. owen)
- sugarfish responds: Worth it to hear someone say “hurf durf butter eater” out loud.
- klangklangston riffs: Hurf Durf, is that you?
- LuckySeven~: I literally busted out laughing at “hurf durf butter eater“
2/18/07 – Hurf durf liver eater? (on foie gras ban)
- synaesthetichaze parries: Hurwood durwood liver-eater
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)
- stavrosthewonderchicken quotes and responds
- antifuse replies with mottoization (collision with Metafilter: motto meme)
- NDcent pretends synchronicity
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)
- Followup from Slarty Barfast: Hurf durf.
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)
- wendell quotes and responds
- GuyZero, ditto
- anotherpanacea, in haiku: Don’t capitalize! / Callouts require a light touch / not hurf durf ANGRY
4/20/07 – Ah, gotta say, Hurf Durf, Butter Eater.
- and a followup: I’ll also take every chance to say “Hurf Durf Butter Eater,” so…
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)
- cybercoitus interrupts replies: …confirming her HURF DURF RHYTHM METHOD bias
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)
- sparkletone quotes and responds
- krinklyfig, ditto
- Fezboy!: all the hurf durfers are feeding at the DRM-free butter trough
6/6/07 – hurf durf, y’all. (in a thread [warning: very large] that had turned recently to a discussion of u.n. owen)
- atrazine responds: hurf, durf?
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.
- Reggie digest responds: “Hurf durf cake eaters,” indeed.
7/22/07 – make HURF DURF NATURAL SELECTION jokes
- b1tr0t replies: Otherwise, I’d have to go with HURF DURF NATURAL SELECTION. We need more of it around here.
- starvrosthewonderchicken quotes and responds
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
- grouse follows up: HURF DURF SPEEDOZ
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
- tehloki with a markovfilter reply: Hurf durf I’m a vegetarian
- cortex replies to quonsar’s ironic flagging of his comment: yes, yes, hurf durf humor flagger
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!
- vorfeed quotes and responds
9/24/07 – HURF DURF VISTA EATER (metafilter thread title)
- ericb references thread by name in askme answer
- caddis links it, too
- note that several comments in thread turn up hits when searching for hurf durf based on the title text component of links to other comments upthread.
- days-later link back to thread by Mitheral
- and a followup by same
- months later backlink
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.
- klangklangston quotes and responds
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)
- blacklite replies: Also I’d like to say “hurfdurf you’re on the internet too haha gotcha” because I like saying hurfdurf whenever I can.
- Justinian, later: hurf durf hurf durf, Red Mars.
- tkchrist: But every time this topic comes up some asshole has to say “well… uh… YOU don’t live in a cave… so practice what you preach… hurf durf!“
- blacklite again: Also: hurf durf
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”
10/29/07 – HURF DURF ANN COULTER MANGINA
- From Bkyln replies: ok, HURF DURF HURF DURF, 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)
- fandango_matt, later: There’s so much that we hurf / That’s it’s time we all durf
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?”
- GrammarMoses quotes and responds
11/12/07 – HURF DURF SCAMBAIT (askme title)
- cortex quotes and responds, criticizing form
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
- Kattullus responds re: u.n. owen
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.
11/27/07 – 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)
- jessamyn, in related Metatalk thread: sophmoric HURF DURF SWEATER PUPPY exercises
- ThePinkSuperhero quotes and responds
- waraw, later, with a link to small dogs in sweaters: HURF DURF SWEATER PUPPIES
- UbuRoivas, later: all that hurf durf sweaterpuppy crap
- supercrayon: questions of the “How can I make enchiladas, hurf!” type (switch to unrelated, self-deprecating context)
- five fresh fish quotes and responds to supercrayon
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.”
- delmoi quotes and responds
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.
- meehawl quotes and responds
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
- DecemberBoy quotes and responds
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
- william_boot quotes and responds
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]
- Unicorn on the cob, later: HURF DURF INTERNET FRAUD ORGY!
- Lengthy discussion of u.n. owen, who it turns out has been using the site under SO’s account, ensues.
- blasdelf cites revelation in other thread started by crypto-owen: HURF DURF ADMINISTRATOR INTIMIDATOR
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.
- Someone has just shot your horse! quotes and responds
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