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New Phone, Who Dis?

New Phone, Who Dis? Meme

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New Phone, Who Dis?

New Phone, Who Dis?

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Origin: Twitter

Added Jun 11, 2018 at 10:09PM EDT by Tequila Sunset.

Updated Aug 12, 2020 at 05:14AM EDT by ohmyjosh.

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New phone, who dis? is a popular phrase used to avoid unwanted conversations, requests or questions via text message by pretending to not know who is attempting communication. As the expression grew in popularity, it has been appropriated into image macros, music videos and other pieces of culture.

Origin

On August 18th, 2009, Twitter user @JeffCl[10] posted a tweet joking about using the line "I got a new phone who dis" in response to a text coming from a deleted contact (shown below).


Jeff C @JeffCl Famousexcuse when you delete somebody out ya phone and they hit u up. Be like I got a new phone who dis 3:25 PM 18 Aug 2009 Text Font Line

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On December 4th, 2012, the episode "Two To One" of the American television comedy show The Mindy Project was broadcast, in which the character Mindy (played by Mindy Kaling) receives a text message that reads, "Help, Dr. L! The midwives are steeling all of Shulman's patients!" Mindy responds, "New phone Who dis?" (shown below).[1]


New phone. Who dis? Help, Dr. L! The midwives are steeling all of Shulman's patients!

On August 24th, 2014, comedian Seth Meyers used the expression in a joke about comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey helping him with his monologue jokes.[4] He said, "When I got in touch with them and asked if they’d like to help me with tonight’s monologue, they both jumped at the chance to write back: ‘new phone, who dis?’”



Shortly after the joke, the phrase began being used on Twitter. On October 29th, Twitter[6] user @dubstep4dads tweeted, "bae: come over me: new phone who dis bae:" Following the mock conversation, they posted an image of a woman talking into a banana. The post (shown below, left) received more than 130 retweets and 400 likes in four years.

Several days later, on November 2nd, Twitter[5] user @UNDEADTRESOR tweeted, "Me: Hello darkness, my old friend. Darkness: New phone, who dis?" The post (shown below, center) received more than 150 retweets and 350 likes in four years.

The following month, on December 12th, Tumblr user royalblackpirate posted, "Me: God, let me pass my finals God: new phone who dis." The post (shown below, right) received more than 174,000 notes in four eyars.


bae: come over me: new phone who dis bae: Stock photography shoulder finger Me: Hello darkness, my old friend. Darkness: New phone, who dis? text font black black and white Me: God, let me pass my finals God: new phone who dis text font white black handwriting number line product

On May 27th, 2015, the Tumblr[8] account Meme Documentation published an explanation of the meme.

On July 22nd, Urban Dictionary [2] user jutn definted the expression as "When a person asks you a question you don't want to answer you say "new phone, who dis" to avoid answering." The post (shown below) received more than 700 upvotes in three years.


TOP DEFINITION New phone, who dis? When a person asks you a question you don't want to answer you say "new phone, who dis" to avoid answering. From vine Wellington Boyce. Side chick: babe You: Wuts up? Side chick:I love you; You: new phone, who dis? Side chick: what!? You: NEW PHONE, WHO DIS!? NEW PHONE, WHO DIS!? text font line

About one month later, on August 23rd, the Tumblr account Meme Archives[1] published a timeline of the meme's rise.

On March 5th, 2016, YouTuber Jakob Synn published a clip from the television series You're The Worst, in which characters perform a song entitled "New Phone, Who Dis?" The video (shown below, left) received more than 86,000 views in two years.

On October 12th, Adult Sim published a video for the Cakes Da Killa song "New Phone (Who Dis)" on YouTube. The video (shown below, right) received more than 310,000 views in less than two years.

Several months later, Redditor [9] samjammm asked the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit about the expression.



On March 5th, 2009, author Rachel McCarthy James tweeted[11] a thread identifying Twitter user @JeffCl's tweet as the "first extant use" of the phrase (shown below).


Rachel McCarthy James @rmccarthyjames The first extant use of "new phone who dis" with the intent currently communicated by the meme was @Jeffcl in August 2009: twitter.com/JeffCl/status/... Jeff C @JeffCl Follow Famousexcuse when you delete somebody out ya phone and they hit u up. Be like I got a new phone who dis 2:25 PM-18 Aug 2009 0 4:46 PM 5 Mar 2019 Text Font Line

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