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Meme Status Submission Type: Slang Year 2017 Origin AAVE Tags katy perry, stan, snatch bald About

Wig is a slang term which is shorthand for doing something so incredibly it causes another’s wig to fly off. The phrase originated in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and became associated with Stan culture as fans of artists and celebrities would respond “wig” to actions of their idols. The term reached mainstream culture after Katy Perry used the term on American Idol in 2018.


The first Urban Dictionary definition of “Wig” with this meaning was submitted on November 28th, 2017, by user buterabliss (shown below). The definition references how “wig” is a shortening of similar slang terms like “snatched bald” and “weave flew.”

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