‘This ain’t it chief’ is the new way to say ‘nope’ online

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Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 2, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 5:09 am CDT

The language of the internet is constantly changing and evolving, at a much more rapid pace than in the real world. As one of the countless examples, whereas in real life one might say, “No way,” on the internet, people simply exclaim “wig!”

Likewise, those who are Extremely Online are finding new and creative ways to respond to takes—hot or otherwise—and the latest example of this is the “this ain’t it, chief” meme. The phrase first surfaced on Twitter and Reddit over the summer as a way to mock something or someone as uncool.

According to an Urban Dictionary entry added on July 27, “this ain’t it chief” refers to “something that an individual would deem widely accepted or cool to show off, but in reality, it just makes them look like a fucking idiot/weird.”

The phrase was defined on a Reddit thread in r/OutOfTheLoop, on the other hand, as “basically a form of telling someone to stop whatever they’re saying because it’s believed to be wrong.”

So in other words, “this ain’t it chief” is not entirely unlike “weird flex but ok,” another term that gained popularity over the summer to respond to questionable bragging. But this new term is much more flexible and all-encompassing.

To get a better understanding, here just are a handful of the many, many examples on Twitter:

And, of course, a few people used it to goof on Kanye West’s eyebrow-raising Saturday Night Live appearance over the weekend:

As the phrase continued to evolve, people starting using it in the context of “I texted chief” or “chief texted me.”

Or this creative example responding to Game Stop’s tweet about Monopoly’s Fortnite edition:

The beauty of “this ain’t it chief” is that it’s so flexible, even those who aren’t very good at the internet can pull it off with relative ease, so practically anyone can feel confident in informing the chiefs of the world that this indeed ain’t it.


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*First Published: Oct 2, 2018, 9:54 am CDT