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"Seems Legit" is an expression used as a sarcastic retort khổng lồ a suspected attempt at deception và is often used lớn caption image macros depicting factually questionable statements and scenarios.

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The word "legit" is a colloquial shortening of the adjective sầu "legitimate", which was coined in the mid 15th century to mean "lawfully begotten" according khổng lồ the Online Etymology Dictionary.<3> The term was popularized in 1991 with the release of the song "Too Legit to Quit" by rap artist MC Hammer.

The earliest known sarcastic use of the phrase "sounds legit" online comes from a thread in the AnandTech<5> computer hardware review forums from November 11th, 2006. In the thread, the original poster asks if a certain online payment service is a scam, to which forum thành viên jupiter57 replies "sounds legit to lớn me!"

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On April 17th, 2009, the first Urban Dictionary<2> definition for "seems legit" was submitted by user Psyber Kayos who pointed out the sarcastic use of the phrase.

1) What one would say in a situation that arouses suspicions, but is ultimately determined to pose no threat. 2) What one would say ironically in a situation that is obviously NOT legit, usually dealing with illicit activities such as drugs và pedophilia, or the purchase of knockoff merchandise.1) This muscle cream isn"t a brand I"ve sầu ever heard of, but there"s no ingredients label on it so it can"t be steroids. Seems legit.

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The domain for the trang web seemslegit.com<1>, which features a wide variety of demotivational poster images, was registered on May 24th.<2> On August 2nd, a Free Candy Van image macro with the caption "don"t be a pussy this guy seems legit" (shown left) was submitted lớn the Internet humor site FunnyJunk.<9> On March 2nd, 2010, a pholớn of a spray painted wall with the words "Willy Wonka"s Chocolate Factory / Free Tours!" (shown right) was submitted to the /r/funny<13> subreddit in a post titled "Seems Legit to me."

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On January 31st, 2011, a post titled "Seems Legit" reached the front page of the /r/pics<12> subreddit with a pholớn edited to lớn appear as if the subject had well defined ab muscles (shown left). The post accumulated 4,351 up votes prior khổng lồ being archived. On June 1st, Randall Munroe published a webcomic to lớn his site xkcd<8> titled "Advertising Discovery", in which a person sitting at their computer thinks "sounds legit" while reading a penis enlargement spam message with citations (shown right).

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The meme has continued to lớn spread on the Cheezburger site Very Demotivational<10>, Tumblr<4> under the tag "#seems legit." A Facebook<6> page has received 28,627 likes as of March 23rd, 2012.