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What Does PepeLaugh Mean? – Origin & How To Use It

If you have been in a Twitch stream you may have seen people type, or heard people say “PepeLaugh”. But what does this word and emote mean? 

In this article I go over the meaning of “PepeLaugh”, the origin, and how you can use this emote on Twitch and Youtube as a viewer and as a streamer. 

What Does PepeLaugh Mean?

The PepeLaugh emote conveys laughter and is typically used when something funny happens on stream that the streamer is not aware of. It often is used along with the phrase “Here It Comes”. It is similar to the crying emoji in that it shows Pepe the Frog with teary eyes as a result of laughing too hard.

The PepeLaugh emote is also similar to the LUL emote in meaning; however, the two emotes tend to be used in different situations.

PepeLaugh is basically the chat secretly laughing about something the streamer is unaware of whereas the LUL emote tends to be used more when something happens on stream that everyone can find funny and laugh at, including the streamer.

For example, if someone is sneaking up behind the streamer, the viewers may see this and begin to spam the PepeLaugh emote. The emote has a connotation that the viewers are holding in their laughter.

PepeLaugh Origin?

The PepeLaugh emote is based on Pepe the Frog, a cartoon created by Matt Furie in 2005. It is often compared to the crying laughing emoji. The PepeLaugh emote was originally uploaded to FFZ on Novemebr 12th, 2015 by Lukas_Wergutz and to BTTV on September 11th, 2017 by PotehtoO.

An animated version of the PepeLaugh emote was later uploaded to BTTV on February 1st, 2019 by KKomrade. On BTTV the animated version of the PepeLaugh emote is the more popular version as it looks like Pepe is actually laughing.

Although the emote is based on Pepe the Frog, the real idea for the emote itself came from the monkaS emote. The monkaS emote was originally used on 4chan in 2011, and has since grown into one of the most popular emotes/memes on the internet.

In fact, the monkaS emote has inspired other great emotes such as monkaWmonkaH, and monkaEyes. PepeLaugh is truly just another spinoff of monkaS.

The PepeLaugh emote is currently used on over 180,000 Twitch channels and is the 13th most popular emote on FFZ. And this is not even including the animated version of the emote.

If you combined the animated version of the PepeLaugh emote with the static versions, then the emote is actually used on a combined 340,000 channels.

Over the years the PepeLaugh emote has become one of the most well-known and one of the most frequently used emotes on all of Twitch.

How To Use The PepeLaugh Emote On Twitch

  1. Add the FFZ or the BTTV Google extensions to your Twitch account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the PepeLaugh emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “PepeLaugh” in the streamer’s Twitch chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The PepeLaugh emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

Make sure you type PepeLaugh exactly as it appears with the correct spelling and capitalization. If you don’t, it won’t work. Also, a streamer must have the emote enabled on either BTTV or FFZ in order for it to work. 

And if you want to use the animated version of the PepeLaugh emote then you will have to use BTTV. FFZ does not currently have any animated emotes.

Another cool thing is that if you are on PC, you can just click the little emoji button and select which emote you want to send in Twitch chat.

Twitch Emoji Button

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Twitch account and adding FFZ to your Twitch account. These guides are helpful for both streamers and viewers. 

How To Use The PepeLaugh Emote On Youtube

  1. Add the BTTV Google extension to your Youtube account.
  2. Make sure the streamer has the PepeLaugh emote enabled on their channel.
  3. Type “PepeLaugh” in the streamer’s chat (without the quotation marks) and send the message.
  4. The PepeLaugh emote will now appear in the stream’s chat. 

If you need more help I wrote an entire article about adding BTTV emotes to your Youtube account. This guide will help regardless if you are a streamer or a viewer. 

Unfortunately, FFZ and Youtube Gaming are not currently compatible and so you will only be able to use this emote on Youtube with the BTTV extension.

When To Use The PepeLaugh Emote?

The PepeLaugh emote is best used in situations that are funny, but that the streamer is unaware of. For example, if a streamer can’t beat a level and doesn’t know why, but the chat notices that it is because they have a certain setting enabled, then the chat may spam this emote.

For this reason the emote is often accompanied by the phrase “Here It Comes” since most people in chat know the streamer will eventually figure out what is so funny.

The emote is not meant to mock the streamer, but rather it is used as a way to secretly laugh with others in chat.

Why Is The PepeLaugh Emote Not Appearing In Chat?

Here are common reasons why the PepeLaugh emote may not be appearing in chat:

  1. The viewer trying to use the emote does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  2. The streamer does not have the BTTV or FFZ extension.
  3. The streamer does not have the PepeLaugh emote enabled on their channel.
  4. The viewer is trying to use the emote on mobile.
  5. The person did not type “PepeLaugh” correctly.
  6. Twitch or Youtube banned the emote.

The reasons listed above are the most common reasons why the PepeLaugh emote won’t work in chat. 

If you feel like you have checked off everything listed above, and the PepeLaugh emote still won’t work for you, then check out my article here where I go into more detail as to why your emotes may not be working and how to fix it. 

How To Pronounce PepeLaugh?

The correct way to pronounce PepeLaugh is “pe-pay-laugh.” The first two letters, ‘pe’ sound like the word “pet” without the ‘t’, then the second ‘pe’ letters sound like the word “pay” and lastly the word “laugh” is pronounced normally. Pe-pe-Laugh.

What Does PepeLaugh Mean On Discord?

PepeLaugh on Discord conveys laughter just as it does on Twitch and Youtube. The only difference is that on Discord the emote is used more to laugh at things on Discord and less to secretly laugh at something on stream.

In recent years Discord has added the ability for Twitch users to use their emotes on Discord and for this reason popular Twitch emotes such as PepeLaugh and monkaS have become more and more popular on Discord.

PepeLaugh is one of the most popular emotes and is a great addition to any live streaming channel.

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