National Whatever Day

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, capybaras and llamas alike, buckle up for the magical (and somewhat confusing) journey into the wonderfully ambiguous world of National Whatever Day. An occasion that epitomizes our collective love for the eccentric and the unorthodox, it's sure to leave you in an amused state of 'Well, whatever!'

When is Whatever Day?

It's national whatever day on the 30th January.

What's This Whatever Day?

Spawned from a brilliant mix of whimsy and 'couldn't-care-less' attitude, National Whatever Day annually graces our calendars with its indifferent charm on, well, whatever day we find most convenient. Its laissez-faire spirit provides a chance to cast off the shackles of normalcy and embrace the inexplicably delightful land of 'whatever'.

History – Or Lack Thereof

With a cloud of mystery surrounding its origins (probably because everyone was too blasé to keep records), National Whatever Day playfully challenges the concept of traditions and specific dates. One misty-eyed theory even suggests a misheard conversation gave birth to this nonchalant festivity.

Trending Times

After a rather lukewarm existence, National Whatever Day rode the carousel of Internet trends on January 30, 2020, when we detected a whopping 2742 mentions! It seems that the 'whatever-ness' was highly infectious that day.

How to Celebrate?

Well, you could plan meticulously, prepare your favorite dishes or arrange a themed party. Or, take cue from the day itself, shrug your shoulders and simply do whatever! Just remember, on National Whatever Day, the 'W' in 'Whatever' stands for 'Why Not?'

History behind the term 'Whatever'


The Emerge of 'Whatever'

The term 'whatever' first emerged in popular culture around 1965. It was primarily used in colloquial speech to express a sense of indifference or nonchalance. This simple word quickly gained traction and became a widely used slang term among various English-speaking communities.


The Rise of 'Whatever' in Teen Culture

During the 1980s, the term 'whatever' started to gain prominence in teenage culture, particularly in the United States. It became a popular response among teenagers as a way to dismiss or brush off someone's opinion or suggestion. This usage showcased the rebellious nature of youth culture during that era.


The Introduction of 'Whatever' in Popular Media

In the 1990s, 'whatever' solidified its place in popular media and entertainment. It was commonly used in movies, TV shows, and music, further propelling its usage and recognition. This period marked the mainstream acceptance of 'whatever' as an expression of indifference or defiance.


The Iconic 'Whatever' Scene in Clueless

In 1994, the film Clueless featured a memorable scene where the main character, Cher, dismissively responds with 'whatever' multiple times. This scene became etched in popular culture, solidifying 'whatever' as a quintessential phrase of the 1990s. It further popularized the use of 'whatever' among young audiences.


'Whatever' Goes Beyond Generation Gap

During the 2000s, 'whatever' transcended generational boundaries and became widely used among people of all ages. It became a versatile term with a variety of nuances. It could convey nonchalance, indifference, annoyance, or even sarcasm depending on the context and tone of voice. 'Whatever' had firmly established itself as a permanent fixture in the English language.

Present Day

'Whatever' in Modern Culture

In modern culture, 'whatever' continues to thrive as a common expression. Its usage extends beyond English-speaking countries and has even been adopted in other languages. 'Whatever' has become a symbol of individuality and nonconformity, representing a carefree attitude and a dismissal of societal expectations. It remains a fascinating term that reflects the ever-evolving nature of language and cultural expression.

Did you know?

Did you know? The 2020 spike in mentions of National Whatever Day was likely because folks were looking for a comic escape from an unusually solemn day, as it was also National Mourning Day in many parts of the world. Talk about stark contrasts!


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First identified

10th April 2015

Most mentioned on

30th January 2020

Total mentions


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