National Simp Day

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National Simp Day, a quirky modern day celebration born from internet culture, has us all raising our hands in jubilation or perhaps, in some cases, a bit of awkwardness. It's a day that takes a leap away from your usual national day conventions like cherishing chocolate or hugging trees. Instead, it celebrates the Simps of the world. And no, we don’t mean the yellow skinned, ‘D’oh’-saying TV characters!

When is Simp Day?

It's national simp day on the 14th February.

What is a Simp?

A simp, in internet lingo, is someone who goes above and beyond, often forfeiting their own self interest, to please another person. They're those folks who would drive cross country to deliver a forgotten phone charger or stay on a call till dawn just to hear you snore. It's essentially modern slang for being an old-fashioned knight in shining armor.

History of National Simp Day

Our data shows that there were 3971 mentions of National Simp Day online. The most mentions were detected on Valentines Day, 14th of February 2020. No surprise here, considering its a day known for grand gestures of affection. Quite fitting since 'simping' is technically akin to wooing on a whole new level of dedication.

How to Celebrate

How does one celebrate National Simp Day? It's simple. If you're a simp, today is the day to wear your badge proudly, and maybe even garner some appreciation for it. This is a day to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you in your own simp-tastic ways. If you know a simp, make it a point to show them some love in return.

History behind the term 'Simp'


The emergence of 'simp'

In the 1990s, the term 'simp' started gaining popularity in hip-hop and African American communities. It was initially used to refer to a man who was overly attentive, affectionate, or subservient to a woman, often futilely hoping for a romantic relationship. The term 'simp' derived from the word 'simpleton,' which means a foolish or gullible person. It was used as a playful insult, highlighting perceived weakness or desperation in a man's pursuit of a woman's attention.

Internet Era

Spread through online communities

With the rise of internet forums, chat rooms, and social media platforms in the early 2000s, the term 'simp' gained momentum and became more widely used. It found a fitting home in online communities where people discussed relationships, dating, and gender dynamics. The anonymity and reach of the internet allowed 'simp' to circulate and evolve quickly, contributing to its increased exposure and usage.

The Meme Revolution

Simp goes viral

In recent years, the term 'simp' experienced a surge in popularity and became a viral meme. Memes featuring the word 'simp' started spreading across various social media platforms, particularly on TikTok and Twitter. These memes often depicted exaggerated examples of someone going above and beyond to gain someone else's affection, mocked excessive displays of loyalty, or poked fun at individuals deemed 'simp-worthy.' The meme-driven phenomenon catapulted 'simp' into the mainstream consciousness.

Cultural Criticism and Redefinition

Changing perceptions and varied interpretations

As 'simp' gained widespread usage, it underwent a shift in its meaning and usage within different cultural contexts. While initially directed at men, the term began to be applied more broadly, regardless of gender, and was sometimes used to criticize individuals for showing basic kindness or respect. Simultaneously, others embraced the term as a way to mock toxic masculinity and challenge traditional gender roles. The evolving interpretations of 'simp' highlight the complex dynamics of language and its nuanced role in reflecting societal attitudes.

Did you know?

The word ‘Simp’ as used in the internet world is an abbreviation for 'Suckers Idolizing Mediocre People' and no, it has no connection to 'The Simpsons'!.


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First identified

12th November 2015

Most mentioned on

14th February 2020

Total mentions


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