What is copypasta and how is it used online?

A block of text that is often copied and pasted online

Copypasta is an online slang term that refers to a snippet of text that is repeatedly copied and pasted. The block of text is often pasted in forums, chatrooms, and on social media by Internet users to troll people.

The practice of Copypasta is often done by people who think it's amusing to post random, bizarre, and funny things that are wildly off-topic to enrage people. This is commonly known as Flaming, Griefing, and trolling online. Rickrolling is a popular form of Copypasta.

The origins of the Copypasta term trace back to the Anon community in 4chan in the mid-2000s. However, the term did not become popular until the early 2010s when more users began posting Copypasta to solicit reactions from oblivious users and as an inside joke for other savvy Internet users to enjoy.

As moderators have become more aware of copypasta, more strict repercussions have been put in place, such as banning from the site or comments section for a first-time offense. The term comes from the combination of "Copy" and "Paste" that replaces the "e" in "Paste" with an "a."


"Jake posted some super offensive copypasta on a knitting forum and was immediately banned."
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Copypasta means a block of text that is often copied and pasted online

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Last Updated: October 4, 2019

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