By now, you’ve probably seen the extremely versatile meme ‘cash me outside, how bow dah’.
It’s taught us that there is only one simple comeback you need for any situation.
Been looked at the wrong way? Feeling deliberately attacked? Or maybe just a little inconvenienced by that dick who just cut in front of you in the grocery store line? “Cash me outside,” you say, challenging them to a fight. “How bow dah?”
Mom: "Go clean the dishes"
Me: "CASH ME OUTSIDE HOW BOU DAT" pic.twitter.com/SUJKRybUN5
— Vic Keys ??? (@_VicKeys) January 25, 2017
Variations of the phrase have taken over the Internet, so where did it come from?
Late last year, a Dr. Phil episode went viral after the show featured a very rebellious 13-year-old. She stole cars, credit cards, had an extraordinary temper and an accent no one could decipher.
Spoiler: She later revealed it was ‘from the streets’.
The segment focused on the stormy relationship between the ‘out-of-control’ teen and her mother, but it was really one sound bite that caught on.
After calling the audience ‘hoes’, she told them to ‘cash me outside how bow dah’. And somehow – randomly, gloriously – it’s become a meme that’s reached all sort of creative limits.
It’s been made into memes:
*filling out a job application*
*how do you handle a difficult situation with a customer*
— HOW BOW DAH (@CASHMEOUSSlDE) January 31, 2017
THIS IS THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN BAHSJAJSHSJSSMXKDD CASH ME OUSSIDE HOWBOW DAH pic.twitter.com/TMzZDj5FvU
— ㅤ˗ˏˋ tris ˊˎ˗ (@TRISTANTHOO) January 16, 2017
Roses are red
Your eyes gon be black
If you cash me outside
Howbow dah pic.twitter.com/4sf4kmYZmc
— Ally Rob (@allyfatstacks) January 9, 2017
Co-opted into general language:
cash me crying over something really stupid that no normal person would probably even by upset about how bow dah
— Aidan Alexander (@aidan) January 31, 2017
Stop telling people we "used to talk". Don't claim me period. Howbow dah pic.twitter.com/JGExOvRS9s
— Alluring Ivy? (@Drebae_) January 17, 2017
Used in protests:
— Amanda Araneda (@mandyyyschmandy) January 21, 2017
And by celebrities:
Zzzamn son @twitter a btch can't vote on huh own poll? Cash me ousside howbowdah howbowdehhh ??????♀️??♀️
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 30, 2017
— Kardashian Pedia (@Kardashianpedia) January 30, 2017
Basically, it’s everywhere.
If nothing else, it proves that we’re off to a pretty great start to 2017 – at least, as far as Internetting goes.