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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Digs: Pics or It Didn't Happen


When it comes to the internet, there are roughly two kinds of people – those whom you can email or facebook and they message you back on the same day and those who never get back to you because they are never online to check their email or message box.

Members of the former group might often live by the motto: If it's not on the internet, it doesn't exist, which shows how strongly they feel about the internet and information that can be found there.

However, there are times when they doubt information they find on the net, especially when the story they hear is unlikely, unbelievable or far-fetched:

Guy 1: Dude, I drank four bottles of bourbon last night, then hooked up with 4 chicks at the same time, then Donald Trump came to my house and gave me a million dollars!
Guy 2:
Pics or it didn't happen.

Gamers also tend to doubt each other, especially when one of them is bragging:

Gamer 1: I got 73 kills in a single game on Call of Duty 4 and it wasn't even on Shipment.
Gamer 2: Pics or it didn't happen.

To save time and space, the acronym is often used:

Forum story: Topless shoplifter arrested in Texas.
Reply: POIDH.

Ocassionally, instead of photos (pics), the inquisitive internet user might ask for a screenshot or a video:

Person 1: I cussed my boss and quit work.
Person 2:
VOIDH. (Video or it didn't happen).

Guy 2: Screenshot or it didn't happen. (also SOIDH)

The phrase pics or it didn't happen and its variations have become very popular among the internet community and have now a status of a meme (an internet catchphrase).

roughly – mniej więcej (approximately)
to facebook somebody – wysłać komuś wiadmość na Facebooku
to get back to somebody – odpowiedzieć komuś na wiadomość, telefon, smsa
the former (group) – pierwsza wspomniana (grupa)
to doubt something/ somebody – wątpić
far-fetched – naciągana (very unlikely to be true, and difficult to believe)
to hook up with somebody – to have a kissing session OR have sex with somebody
to brag (about something) – przechwalać się
inquisitive – dociekliwy (wanting to discover as much as you can about things, sometimes in a way that annoys people )
to cuss – przeklinać, tut. obrzucać wyzwiskami
a variation – odmiana
a community – społeczność
a catchphrase – utarty zwrot, hasło


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