If you have a computer, you’ve probably seen some version of the Ermahgerd Meme, a faded photo of a nerdy young woman who appears to be overjoyed after receiving Goosebump books. The accompanying text usually reads something like, “Ermahgerd Gersberms.” The text is so popular, it’s even in Google Documents spell check program. But do you get the joke? Not everyone does.
Like most memes, it’s silly. It’s also hard to explain to those who don’t quite understand it. Some folks look too hard into memes, and ask questions like, “Why is she talking like that?” and, “Is her name Erma? I don’t understand.”
Memes aren’t meant to be examined. They’re quick slaps to the funny bone. You laugh or you don’t, and either way, the whole experience is over in about 6 seconds.
But what if you were part of a meme? R.L. Stine, author of the popular Goosebumps series, has been inundated with messages from fans of the meme, and he finally weighs in. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t quite get it.
Do you think he’s right? Or is he just a cranky old man?