You may have seen people on the internet succing and nutting a ton lately, and wondered to yourself: What does it mean to nut? What does a succ signify? I’m here to tell you that these things mean exactly what you think… but also so much more.
Please join me for this, a ballad of nut and succ.
“Nut” has been part of American slang for more than a decade, with the earliest Urban Dictionary entries dating back to 2002. It’s a shortened, cooler-sounding version of the phrase “bust a nut,” which appeared in books as far back as 1960, according to Google Ngram Search. You already know what it means, but let’s go ahead and lay it all out on the table: To nut is to ejaculate, to experience orgasm, to come, to—if you will—”shoot” a “load” (of semen).
“Nut” had its big break online in 2014, when a series of reaction videos called “when u nutted but she still sucking” made the rounds on YouTube, Reddit, and Imgur. The joke can be completed with any image or animation of someone expressing pained shock that the oral sex has continued into the extremely sensitive post-orgasm period.
This Home Alone GIF is another platonic example:
As is this scene from Toy Story, recontextualized in a way that gives disturbing new meaning to the name “Woody.”
And here’s master explainer Neil deGrasse Tyson to help me further overelaborate on a popular sex meme:
So, you get the idea. It’s primarily a juvenile joke that employ to intimate that they too, have experienced the mythical intimacy known as a “blowjob” and that they second that emotion, brother.
But, freed from Bodybuilding’s virtual locker room, with its virtual scent so richly redolent of unwashed sweatsocks, the “nut” meme had room to mature and become more complex.
In late 2015 and into 2016, it took the form of a big blue “NUT” button that one metaphorically hits when something feels really good during sex. The joke here, however, is that what makes the poster “nut” is nothing especially sexy, cool, or popular. The nut-triggering event instead suggests a nerdy, self-deprecating personality, adding the frisson of irony that “when you nut” sorely lacked.
In the original example, the poster prefers cartoons to real people:
The nut button can also function as a reaction to a good and dank meme.
Frequently, the good thing behind that nut is a “succ,” which, again, means exactly what it sounds like. When someone succ, someone else often nut.
But… why not “suck?” Hasn’t good, old, reliable “suck” served the same purpose in generations past?
Sure—but there are crucial differences.
For one thing, “that succ” or “the succ” or even “succ” tends to function as a noun. For another, the intentional misspelling is funny as hell. It leads you to notice “succ” any time you read “success.”
It’s even funnier when you realize “succ” is pronounced quite differently. (We’ll get to that shortly.)
“[T]he origin of succ is probably on tumblr somewhere and related to spongebob, i didn’t start it,” Special Meme Fresh told the Daily Dot, “but i made some memes with it that were very popular.”
Perhaps they were too popular. In August 2015, the person behind Special Meme Fresh got fed up with the prevalence of “succ” comments on the page and called for a moratorium on his own good joke.