Dead is one of my new favorites on social media. I started seeing it late last year, posted mostly by my black friends on Facebook, in response to this or that meme. It’s one word that calls your attention to something seriously funny.
Don’t know about you, but paragraph-length Facebook posts are becoming all too common these days, and I barely have time anymore to read the Times. It refreshes my experience to see something so blunt. I was never crazy about drop the mic or its variants (how does that convey your own experience? what if i disagree? also, microphones are expensive, yo) but dead makes me think of knock em dead and dead on with a single syllable. Concise and incisive, just the way I like my slang.
Next time you see something really funny, admit that it took the wind out of you. Try using dead.