Such Syntax, Much Meme: A Linguistic Analysis of Memes and Their Structural Syntax

Savage Patrick

Meme Example



The Savage Patrick meme template comes from season 1, episode 18 of the Nickelodean cartoon show, 'Spongebob Squarepants', first aired on September 11th, 1999. The still comes from a scene where the character Patrick Star, a starfish, is hunting down his friend, Spongebob Squarepants, a sponge, who is living with wild jellyfish. Patrick finds Spongebob's hiding place and dons this meniacal smile when he finds him. The first instance of this image being used as a meme was on February 26th, 2018 by Twitter user @bvercetti__. Due to the inappropriate nature of the meme, it will be not be posted anywhere on this website. The captions that are paired with this image are typically ones that highlgiht malicious behavior ranging from reletivley benign to downright sinister.


This template is a single line format, with the text located at either the top or the bottom of the image. The syntactic structure of the Savage Patrick meme template is essentailly the same as the structure of several other memes in our corpus such as the Arthur's Fist meme. The first syntactic feature is the adverb 'when' and the subject is the noun 'you' in order to enhance viewer relatability with the concept presented.