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A copypasta is a block of text which gets copied and pasted across the Internet by individuals through online forums and social networking websites, to the point of becoming spam.[1]


The word "copypasta" was first used on Usenet groups in 2006,[2] being added to Urban Dictionary on 20 April 2006[3] and Encyclopedia Dramatica, a satirical internet culture wiki, in September 2006.[4] According to Google Trends, the word "copypasta" was first used around April 2006.[5]


The term "copypasta" is derived from the computer term "copy/paste",[3] and can be traced back to an anonymous 4chan forum from 2006.[1][6]

Notable examples[edit]

Navy Seal[edit]

The Navy Seal copypasta (also known as the "Marine copypasta", "Internet tough guy copypasta" or "gorilla warfare copypasta")[7] is a lengthy, comically written, aggressive attack paragraph against a "kiddo", written in the voice of the stereotypical "tough guy", listing absurd accomplishments such as having "over 300 confirmed kills" and being "trained in gorilla [sic] warfare". This copypasta is often reposted as a humourous overreaction to an insult and is thought to have originated a post on a 4chan message board from 11 November 2010.[7][8]

Bee Movie[edit]

The Bee Movie copypasta dates back to 2013 where users would post the entire script of the Bee Movie onto websites such as Reddit and Tumblr.[9] This was popularised around the time where edits of the film were being posted on YouTube.[10]


  1. ^ a b "What is Copypasta? - Definition from Techopedia". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Words We're Watching: 'Copypasta'". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "What does copypasta mean?". Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Copypasta". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. ^ ""copypasta" - Explore". Google Trends. Google. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  6. ^ Jaquez, Sophia (12 December 2018). "My Favorite CopyPastas". The County Current. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Navy Seal Copypasta". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  8. ^ "What Does Navy Seal copypasta Mean?". Archived from the original on 26 October 2018.
  9. ^ Bergado, Gabe. "How Barry B. Benson Became an Internet A-Lister". Inverse. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  10. ^ "The Best Prank on Facebook Right Now Involves the Entire Transcript of Bee Movie". Intelligencer. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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