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On December 18th, 2022, Fortnite streamer and content creator Zachology, acting as parody Piece Control Kyle character, uploaded a Fortnite clip with a freeze-frame during which he insulted the player he was about to kill in a creative fashion, calling them “dogwater” among other insults. The video (shown below, left) received over 2.8 million views and 361,000 likes on TikTok in one year. Following the success of the upload, Zachology uploaded multiple similar TikToks in which he creatively insulted players about to be killed, with his December 20th video gaining over 5.2 million views and 568,000 likes (shown below, right).
Dogwater, also spelled Dog Water, is a slang expression used in video game trash talk to insult another players skill. The expression is similar in meaning to “dogshit” and “trash.” Popularized by Fortnite streamer Zachology in December 2020, the slang term saw viral spread on Twitch and with competitive video game communities, though it is also used outside gaming contexts to denote something is “trash.”
In early 2021, the insult spread across among major Twitch streamers, which was reflected with Ludwig, Dream and other popular streamers and YouTubers using the term in their posts. For example, on January 19th, 2021, Minecraft YouTuber Quackity tweeted a Dogwater copypasta that received over 6,600 retweets and 138,000 likes in one year, with fellow Dream SMP member Karl Jacobs replying with the same copypasta (shown below, left and center). On March 4th, 2021, streamer Ludwig used the word to describe his medical condition, with the tweet gaining over 1,000 retweets and 149,000 likes in one year (shown below, right).
The insult “dog water” originated in the Fortnite community in late 2020 and is likely a euphemism for “dogshit,” used to avoid punishment by Twitch and social media platforms — a trend known as algospeak. On December 12th, 2020, Urban Dictionary user heyyyjon added a definition for the insult, defining it as, “when youre absolute garbage at a video game.”
After racking in over 1 million views, mi1k uploaded another video with Peace Control Kyle and the school principal, earning over 3.5 million views. Not long after that, the third video, with Peace Control Kyle introducing himself to his new classmates at school, was released. This video would serve as the cornerstone to the “Dog Water” meme.
Fortnites “Dog Water” meme has taken the game by storm. Dog Waters modern-day definition of being trash at video games has a far more adult origin. Frequently tossed around, there are not many who know how the meme began.
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If you search for the meaning of this phrase, dictionaries will tell you that it means “Slang term coined in the 1960s, rarely heard today, for semen and other fluids secreted at orgasm.”