Big Dick Energy / BDE slang bde meme.

Big Dick Energy / BDE

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Added Jun 26, 2018 at 03:07PM EDT by Adam.

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Big Dick Energy or BDE is an internet slang term which generally means an understated state of confidence. The term was popularized after it was used to describe Ariana Grande's fiancé Pete Davidson after the singer appeared to confirm the comedian had a large penis.


On June 8th, 2018, Twitter user @imbobswaget used it to describe Anthony Bourdain after his suicide, gaining over 660 retweets and 6,800 likes (shown below).

vampire workday @imbobswaget Follow we're talking about how anthony bourdain had big d--- energy which is what he would nave wanted 12:48 AM - 9 Jun 2018 from Toronto, Ontario 662 Retweets 6,909 Likes


The term spread on June 22nd, 2018, after Ariana Grande appeared to confirm that her fiancé Pete Davidson had a 10-inch penis in a since-deleted tweet (shown below).

anouska n@grandeseclipse . 1 m how long is pete ??? ﹀ anouskava@grandeseclipse 1m OH AS IN THE INTERLUDE NOT AS ﹀ 91 Ariana Grande @ArianaGrande Replying to @grandeseclipse @ifwonly and 2 others like 10 inches?. oh f--- .. i mean .. like a lil over a minute

That day, Twitter user @babyvietcong used the phrase "big dick energy" to describe why Grande quickly got engaged to Davidson, gaining over 24,000 retweets and 162,000 likes (shown below).

Teen @babyvietcong Follow Pete davidson is 6'3 with dark circles, exudes big d--- energy, looks evil but apparently is an angel, and loves his girl publicly the only thing wrong w him is that he's a scorpio but married him within a month too 9:36 PM-22 Jun 2018

Over the following several days, Twitter users debated the meaning of "big dick energy," generally agreeing that one did not need to have a penis to have it. Twitter user @priya_ebooks stated it was "confidence without cockiness," gaining over 180 retweets and 1,300 likes (shown below, left). User @rey_z argued that women could have "big dick energy," citing famous women including Rihanna and Cardi B (shown below, right).

priya @priya_ebooks Follow 'big d--- energy' is confidence without cockiness. it is never misplaced, and it cannot be simulated. it is the sexual equivalent of writing a check for $10K knowing you got it in the bank account thank you for attending my TEDxTalk 4:01 PM-25 Jun 2018 Emily Reynolds @rey Follow feel like people are mixing up "big d--- energy" and "has a big d---" when actually you do not even need to have a d--- to have big d--- energy. i have big d--- energy. lindsay lohan has big d--- energy. rihanna? big d--- energy 12:22 PM-25 Jun 2018

The spread of the term was covered by multiple news outlets including The Verge,[1] Daily Dot,[2] and Vice.[3] Vice attempted to show examples of who has and who hasn't "big dick energy." According to their article, characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe did not have it but figures such as Bob Ross, Carmen Sandiego, and Oscar the Grouch had it. For Bob Ross, they wrote:

Bob Ross does not have the fierce magnetism of many big dick energy havers. But you cannot deny that the man has a gentle confidence that speaks to the largest kind of dick.

Horse Girl Energy

After Big Dig Energy trended, a female alternative dubbed Horse Girl Energy also spread, defined with various feminine traits. According to an article by Mashable[3] about the term, "Horse girl energy means being a blissfully clueless about the world. Like big dick energy, which isn't defined by someone's genitalia, horse girl energy transcends gender." As with Big Dick Energy, the term was defined in several tweets identifying "Horse Girl Energy" tweets. For example, Twitter user @zoeinwonderland said writing articles for The Odyssey Online would be considered Horse Girl Energy, gaining over 2,800 retweets and 22,000 likes (shown below, left). User @kaiteashley posted a tweet that defined horse girl energy that gained over 27,000 retweets and 228,000 likes (shown below, right).

Zoë Pugh @zoeinwonderland Follow Writing articles for the odyssey online is horse girl energy 3:44 PM 18 Jul 2018 kate @kaiteasley Follow people who wear prescription glasses that turn into sunglasses when they walk outside have extreme horse girl energy 10:06 AM-19 Jul 2018

Various Examples

Brandy Jensern Following @BrandyLJensen 've seen some wild tweets about who has big d--- energy and a lot of you are confusing it with "has money" or "does cocaine" 2:20 PM-25 Jun 2018 aboukie young-white @jaboukie Follow twitter on the west coast is hard cus you're just waking up and people are already talking about how mr. rogers had big d--- energy 1:10 PM-26 Jun 2018 nuanced opinion guy @charles_kinbote Following Got temporarily suspended from Twitter for tweeting "waluigi has big d--- energy" 9:48 PM-23 Jun 2018 Follow @Mikelsaac excited for the NYT Twitter memes reporter to send their piece on "big d--- energy" to the copy desk 4:05 PM 26 Jun 2018 Lisa Ryan @lisarya Follow patti lupone has big d--- energy 2:16 PM 26 Jun 2018 alexis nedd @alexisthenedd Follow i just quoted That GQ Profile of Chris Evans to support and concur with the fact that he has the most Bia D--- Energy of the Chrises 1:11 PM-26 Jun 2018

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