On May 7th, 2017, Facebook group Minions Sadposting posted a meme featuring a Minion character looking at its phone and the caption “Always ‘WYD,’ Never ‘HYD.'” The post received more than 1,500 reactions, 1,000 shares and 650 comments in less than four years (shown below).
On May 11th, 2017, Twitter user @goodbyecris tweeted the earliest known variation of the meme on Twitter. They wrote, “its always wyd and never hyd” (shown below).
Variations of the meme continued over the next year, with a version involving the Sad Cowboy Emoi. On October 20th, Twitter user @pienar captioned an image of the emoji, “they always say yee haw they never ask haw yee.” The tweet received more than 230,000 likes and 86,000 retweets in less than four years (shown below, left).
In 2018, variations of the format continued to spread. On July 15th, 2018, Twitter user zayamethyd tweeted, “it’s always ‘wyd?’ and never ‘what’s your cash app?’ I’m tired.” The tweet received more than 4,500 likes and 3,000 retweets in less than three years (shown below, right).
Two years later, in 2020, these variants went viral. Twitter user @xotiffanyy_ tweeted one of the earliest examples of this recurrence. They wrote, “it’s always wyd never come outside i brought you roses.” The tweet received more than 60,000 like and 15,900 retweets in less than three months (shown below, left).
Since the resurgence, some memes variations include initialisms of specific and lengthy quotes from movies. These posts usually feature screenshots from the film the quote originates. On February 15th, 2021, for example, Twitter user @spicytitsss tweeted a screencap from the film Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith. The post received more than 950 likes and 450 retweets in less than one month (shown below, right).
On February 15th, the Daily Dot published an article about the meme.