Cordless Hole Puncher slang term and meme example depicting a pistol.

Cordless Hole Puncher

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Updated Jun 06, 2024 at 01:09PM EDT by Philipp.

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Cordless Hole Puncher is an algospeak slang term typically used for a handgun but also for any firearms in general. The term originated in gun-themed Facebook communities in 2021 and later achieved virality on TikTok as a way of avoiding the use of the word "gun" to avoid content moderation and word filters.

Origin

Prior to April 9th, 2021, an unknown user posted an image caption meme describing a revolver as a "cordless hole punch." In April 2021, the meme received viral spread in gun-themed communities on Facebook, with an April 9th post in the Facebook[1] group OCT: Women being the earliest found repost of the image (higher-quality upload shown below).


This item self-identifies as a cordless hole punch. We have several different models for punching different size holes.

On April 11th, 2021, the Facebook[2] page Piasa Armory posted the image, with the post garnering over 830 reactions and 3,000 shares, which is the earliest found viral post of the meme.

Spread

In April and May 2021, the image received spread outside Facebook through reposts on X,[3] Reddit and iFunny.[4] On April 17th, 2021, Redditor RustedAxe88 posted the image to the /r/TheRightCantMemes[5] subreddit, where it gained over 850 upvotes in three years.

In the following months, more similar memes were created and shared online. Notably, on June 8th, 2021, the Facebook[6] page Helmet Wearing Window Lickers posted an image of a handgun (Glock) captioned, "Since we are now redefining everything, this is a cordless hole puncher." The post (shown below, left) gained over 960 reactions and 3,400 likes in three years and popularized this version of the caption.


SINCE WE ARE NOW REDEFINING EVERYTHING 173240129 THIS IS A CORDLESS HOLE PUNCHER Since we are now redefining everything, this is a cordless hole puncher.

In 2023, the term started gaining traction on TikTok as a way of avoiding writing or saying "gun." For example, on August 19th, 2023, TikTok[7] user @thesleepyparamedic posted a video replying to a comment that used the term to refer to a gun. The video (shown below) received over 32,000 likes in 10 months.

https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7269094674533682478

The term achieved more recognition on TikTok in 2024, notably several Art the Clown Grinning memes using the term went viral on the platform in late May 2024.

Various Examples


DK @1Nicdar A cordless long distance hole puncher. What's your answer? 8 ... One important thing that must be beside your bed at night . 9:47 PM May 25, 2024 13K Views . Dr. Napervillain Bunny @Type07Safety Without a gun, you must accept the destiny others choose for you. Shape your own future. Quality cordless hole punchers can be had for about $300. What is your favorite quality but affordable cordless hole puncher? 11:52:20 8:01 AM Dec 27, 2023 15.7K Views John Rich @johnrich We should all have the right to wear whatever makes us feel safe. For some, it's a mask. For me? It's a cordless hole puncher. Since we are now redefining everything, this is a cordless 4:59 PM Apr 21, 2022 hole puncher.
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7373035159618063658
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7373844285399125294


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