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“Salty” is a slang term meaning “upset” or “bitter” typically used as an insult in player-vs.-player (PvP) games to suggest that the opponent feels mad or frustrated due to pwnage .

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, [4] the U.S. slang sense of salty meaning angry or irritated was first attested in 1938. On April 24th, 2007, an entry on the term [3] was submitted to Urban Dictionary . The author describes it as having originated in Philadelphia, where it was defined as “looking stupid… because of something you did”. It is thought to have entered into widespread usage on the internet through fighting game and multiplayer online battle arena ( MOBA ) communities. [1]

On September 1st, 2014, Youtuber GRsmash began uploading a series of videos titled “Salty moments in smash” which highlights losing Smash Bros players during matches. The first episode (shown below, left) gathered over 340.800 views in 9 months. On October 29th, 2014, Youtuber KOSDFF tK uploaded a video which shows a Call of Duty Player raging over knife users in the game (shown below, right). The video gathered over 522.400 views in 7 months.

On Feburary 15th, 2015, Redditor Mountebank submitted question regarding the term on /r/answers which gained over 70 points (90% upvoted) and 30 comments in 4 months [13] . The hashtag #Salty was adopted by users from Twitter [15] , Tumblr [16] , and Vine [17] respectively.

"having the qualities of a dog" (mostly in a negative sense), c.1300, from dog (n.). Meaning "persistent" is from 1779. Hence doggedly (late 14c.), "cruelly, maliciously;" later "with a dog's persistence" (1773). Related: Doggedness .

“Salty” is a slang term meaning “upset” or “bitter” typically used as an insult in player-vs.-player (PvP) games to suggest that the opponent feels mad or frustrated due to pwnage .

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, [4] the U.S. slang sense of salty meaning angry or irritated was first attested in 1938. On April 24th, 2007, an entry on the term [3] was submitted to Urban Dictionary . The author describes it as having originated in Philadelphia, where it was defined as “looking stupid… because of something you did”. It is thought to have entered into widespread usage on the internet through fighting game and multiplayer online battle arena ( MOBA ) communities. [1]

On September 1st, 2014, Youtuber GRsmash began uploading a series of videos titled “Salty moments in smash” which highlights losing Smash Bros players during matches. The first episode (shown below, left) gathered over 340.800 views in 9 months. On October 29th, 2014, Youtuber KOSDFF tK uploaded a video which shows a Call of Duty Player raging over knife users in the game (shown below, right). The video gathered over 522.400 views in 7 months.

On Feburary 15th, 2015, Redditor Mountebank submitted question regarding the term on /r/answers which gained over 70 points (90% upvoted) and 30 comments in 4 months [13] . The hashtag #Salty was adopted by users from Twitter [15] , Tumblr [16] , and Vine [17] respectively.