O rly? is an old meme from ytmnd, which eventually found its way to 4chan and Something Awful. While on SA, the only part of the meme was the phrase itself, but it soon spawned a bunch of image macros, with the most popular being the O RLY? owl. On YTMND, it had a similar fate, however it was accompanied by M&H band's cover of Popcorn. Recently, O RLY has spread to lj icons and the like. The O RLY? owl is a snowy owl image macro popular on the internets.
- "You're gay." "O rly?"
- "I was watching O rly last night." "O rly?"
- "Motherfucking bus crushed our bass player twice on purpose, now we have to hire a new guy." "O RLY?"
- "That kid is choking to death." "O RLY?"
- "Is John Bolton a man?" "No, not rly."
- "YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG!" "O rly?" "Ya Rly." "No U"
In order to combat the widespread evil and gay-ness of O rly, scientists in labcoats invented their own rival term: ya rly. This term can be used to shut up any whiny troll or 16-year-old girl on the internets.
- "O rly?" "Ya rly"
But it doesn't end there. there is an additional response you can use when someone says "ya rly."
- "O rly?" "Ya rly" "NO WAI!"
The correct response to this is "YA WAI".
- "O rly?" "Ya rly" "NO WAI!" "YA WAI"
The correct response to this is "Okay."
- "O rly?" "Ya rly" "NO WAI!" "YA WAI" "Okay."
The Russians, envious of the British O RLY?, made up their own version of O RLY to make themselves feel important. The Russian O RLY is the word PREVED!, which is in some crazy foreign language noone has ever heard of.
The Japanese use an almost literal translation of O RLY with the same picture of the owl, except they use the text, "MAJI DESU KA?!". But mostly japan doesn't give a fuck.
The Mexican, using their weird Mexican Spanish, state this as "neta?" and the answer to this should then be "si, neta".
The O Rly owl was immortalized as a clothing item for Gaia Online, an anime role playing community populated by people who weren't good enough for LJ (or any other community on the internet, for that matter).
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