"Seems Legit" is an expression used as a sarcastic retort khổng lồ a suspected attempt at deception & is often used lớn caption image macros depicting factually questionable statements và scenarios.
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The word "legit" is a colloquial shortening of the adjective "legitimate", which was coined in the mid 15th century khổng lồ mean "lawfully begotten" according to lớn the Online Etymology Dictionary.<3> The term was popularized in 1991 with the release of the song "Too Legit khổng lồ Quit" by rap artist MC Hammer.
The earliest known sarcastic use of the phrase "sounds legit" online comes from a thread in the AnandTech<5> computer hardware Reviews forums from November 11th, 2006. In the thread, the original poster asks if a certain online payment service is a scam, khổng lồ which diễn đàn member jupiter57 replies "sounds legit lớn me!"
On April 17th, 2009, the first Urban Dictionary<2> definition for "seems legit" was submitted by user Psyber Kayos who pointed out the sarcastic use of the phrase.
1) What one would say in a situation that arouses suspicions, but is ultimately determined lớn pose no threat. 2) What one would say ironically in a situation that is obviously NOT legit, usually dealing with illicit activities such as drugs và pedophilia, or the purchase of knockoff merchandise.1) This muscle cream isn"t a brvà I"ve sầu ever heard of, but there"s no ingredients label on it so it can"t be steroids. Seems legit.
The tên miền for the website seemslegit.com<1>, which features a wide variety of demotivational poster images, was registered on May 24th.<2> On August 2nd, a Free Candy Van image macro with the caption "don"t be a pussy this guy seems legit" (shown left) was submitted khổng lồ the Internet humor site FunnyJunk.<9> On March 2nd, 2010, a photo lớn of a spray painted wall with the words "Willy Wonka"s Chocolate Factory / Free Tours!" (shown right) was submitted khổng lồ the /r/funny<13> subreddit in a post titled "Seems Legit lớn me."
On January 31st, 2011, a post titled "Seems Legit" reached the front page of the /r/pics<12> subreddit with a photo lớn edited lớn appear as if the subject had well defined ab muscles (shown left). The post accumulated 4,351 up votes prior to lớn being archived. On June 1st, Randall Munroe published a webcomic khổng lồ his site xkcd<8> titled "Advertising Discovery", in which a person sitting at their computer thinks "sounds legit" while reading a penis enlargement spam message with citations (shown right).
The meme has continued to lớn spread on the Cheezburger site Very Demotivational<10>, Tumblr<4> under the tag "#seems legit." A Facebook<6> page has received 28,627 likes as of March 23rd, 2012.