Where Does the Phrase "Bye, Felicia" Come From?

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When it comes to dismissing a person, there are several ways to go about it, but the undeniably popular method of the moment involves uttering two simple words: "Bye, Felicia." The effect of this catchphrase is oftentimes intensified by a furrowed brow, some major eye-rolling and if you seriously cannot with this person any longer, then you might even reach back to your angsty adolescence for some good old fashioned teeth sucking (you know — the kind you did behind your mother's back when you didn't think she could hear).

On a daily basis, Bye Felicia can be found all over the Internet. Vh1 even named a series after the phrase and Jordin Sparks named her mixtape #ByeFelicia as a way to officially shoot the deuces to her ex. Pop culture references aside, there are likely some people who use the phrase in the right context, but have no idea what it means. If you've been suffering in shame-filled silence, fret no more.

For starters, the annoying (and repeatedly dismissed) character Felisha was first introduced in the 1995 film Friday, which famously starred Chris Tucker and Ice Cube as two friends who run into all kinds of trouble while chillin' on their porch all day. So, yeah — the phrase isn't exactly new, as the film's director F. Gary Gray told Fast Company.

"It's been popular since the movie came out, but it ebbs and flows," Gray said. "It pops up and it goes away and I have no idea why. It's such a simple line, it just caught fire and 20 years later people are still referencing that moment from the movie, even if some of those people have no idea what Friday is."

But seriously, if you've been using this phrase like crazy and didn't even bother to learn the history...

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