A Guide To GET IT?!?!

There exists, in my very warped sense of humor, a particular brand of joke called the Get It joke (often capitalized and followed by alternating question and exclamation marks, as above.) Thankfully, there are other people with related senses of humor, so I cannot say that this bizarre type of joke is limited to myself. However, in the hopes of explaining it to the rest of the world, I’ve opted to formalize the specification for just what defines this oddball humor.

What is a GET IT joke?

The concept of a Get It joke is the unintentional use of a phrase that has a secondary connotation to the audience it’s being said to. This is largely prevelant in the Bemani community, and is carried out with song titles or specific terms relating to the games. Thus, to “get it”, the audience would recognize the Bemani reference, and chuckle to themselves.

An example

<BemaniKidA> Hey B, did you hear about what happened at The Break this weekend?
<BemaniKidB> A, I was the one who told you that story.
<Remy> GET IT?!?!

(In this instance, I am pointing out the use of the term “I Was The One”, which is a song by good-cool. If you were not aware of this even before I was explaining it to you, I will warn you now – it only gets weirder from here.)

Proper Form Of A Get It

There are, in fact, two forms to this style of joke. The most common use is the third person style, as above. The joker will loudly interject a “GET IT” at the appropriate time in the middle of the conversation, as close to the line of text as possible. If it’s been a few lines, it often helps to paste the text, draw an ASCII arrow at it, and write the GET IT on the same line.

There is also the first person form, or the “pre-emptive” get it. In this instance, you intentionally slip a Bemani reference into your regular conversation. To indicate that you have already “gotten it”, procedure dictates that you capitalize the song title in question.

Acceptible Get It References

Song titles are okay from any Bemani title. More credit is given for obscure songs or clever catches, but if you delve too far into obscurity (picking songs off Mamba A Gogo, for instance) will lead you to no one getting it.

Bemani artists are acceptible, under the same guidelines as song titles.

Other terms, such as grades or characters, are generally frowned upon unless they are extremely witty. For instance, me just saying “extreme” in the last sentence is not acceptible for most people. However, were I to say “too deluxe”, that could be used successfully.

Proper Response

If the Get It Joke is truly great, standard laughing is the norm.

If it is merely average, however, the common response is “HURHUR” or some variation thereof. HURHUR may also be used in the joke itself to pre-empt the response process entirely.

In the event of a real life Get It, physical violence is always an option no matter the joke.

Get It Wars

In cases of extreme boredom, users on IRC may break out into a fight of pre-emptive Get It jokes. These are often tensely fought and will sap your faith in humanity if you witness one.

Ground rules:

  1. Any user may enter or leave the war at any time.
  2. Participants are required to converse as normally as possible whike making at least one pre-emptive joke per line of chat.
    Exception: Users calling each other on violating the rules do not need to make a joke. Of course, if they can, no harm is done.
  3. No single reference may be reused in the same war.
  4. There is no explicit winner, although a participant who can carry on the most regular style of conversation while implementing witty and well-timed jokes will be allowed to feel good about themselves for winning something so silly.
  5. The war ends when all participants grow bored.


* The invention of GET IT jokes is generally credited to Ukyo, who was banned from #ddrfreak for making so many of them.
* The most common back and forth series is “Man, do I have a HEADACHE”, with the response “Then take some TABLETS”.
* GET IT jokes should not be confused with references to “truly”, “carried out”, “a fantastic”, or “the pinky is extended”. These are all a different inside joke.
* Again, get it jokes are NOT limited to Bemani references. They can be used for any pun-related word play at any time. But what’s the fun in that?
* A warning: If you invoke too many GET IT jokes, you may end up with a condition where you will start catching them in every day life and your brain will be saying GET IT?!?! to itself. This is a horrible, horrible condition that the medical research community is only beginning to look into. There is no cure. Please, don’t let Getitis happen to you.

(If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this, you may be thinking, “God, does this guy have a life?” If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, it should come as no SHOCK to you that I don’t.)

  • Nastassya


  • I think if a person makes it all the way to the end of this, they should be asking themselves if they have a life.
    And I do… it’s just a very different one.

  • Ferrari

    Take it easy, you New York city boy, you. Time is money, and you’re wasting too much of it. Bad karma, maybe? I dunno, I think you need to head back into the light. Seriously man. Seems to me like you’re getting high and need to get back from your astral voyage and into the earth light. I suggest a cosmic raise for a good, harmless high. People have been known to act spooky and get a cold pulse from it, but you can’t feel it from their heartbeat. Some claim that they’ve seen diving money from two rainbows into a lower world with a freezing atmosphere, but I’ve only seen rise’n beauty with Lucy and Linus engaged in a space fight where the score was 2002 to… uhh.. it was either one or eight (I usually don’t forget things like this too often =/). It’s definitely a pandora’s box of sorts, but the experiences are unlimited.
    Remember Dan, this is only my own personal feedback. It might not make a difference to you, but only you can decide your own destiny.

  • You have formalized the GET IT?!?! joke to the point where I think it would be possible to build an automated GET IT bot for IRC. Now I’m kind of itching to write one, even though I only have a vague idea of what Bemani is. (How’s THAT for not having a life?)

  • anon

    YOU read MY blog?

  • Rura

    I don’t even know you and I loathe you.
    Wait, I do know you. Goddammit.

  • You so GOOFY!
    … a getit bot..
    so.. tempting… must.. stop..

  • Kevin.
    You may think that Getitis is some sort of attempt by me as a bad stand-up comic routine. I don’t blame you, as the post does seem rather ridiculous at first glance. But in this atomic age, this era of paranoia, the evidence is overwhelming. It’s real, it’s distressing, and in my eyes we must act right now.
    For 2002 alone, there are 3 confirmed fatalities due to Getitis, and there are 5 confirmed cases.
    While there had been speculation as to the existance of the Bemani plague, no one could have forseen the first person to die. Ken Kai, a popular PA DDR player in Texas, was disco dancing at his local arcade in the fall. Suddenly, and without warning, his friends saw him drop on the floor. He was choking horribly, and while doctors tried to increase his airflow, there was no hope his heartbeat disappeared.
    You may also recall that a day after people saw Ken die, Sookie Anderson walked head-first into a KBM machine the next day in an arcade in Montana. The arcade operator was quoted as saying, “She kept trying to ram her head through the glass, and while I asked her to stop, she never looked back.” Can you imagine the substance you’d get if you scraped the walls of hell? The voltage was enough to make her corpse smell like this.
    Changes that occur as the symptoms set in are numberous. You may feel your pulse grow cold even while it is quickening, and your body will not feel right under your skin as you break out in hives any time you are near a machine with a beat. Other signs may include being spaced out, suddenly distress at the signs of even gentle stress, and increased distance with friends.
    Doctors are working in the lab, committed to their efforts to analyze and diagnose just what causes Getitis, and advance us towards a cure despite the 7000 questions surrounding the disease and few traces of actual causes.
    If you sense that you might catch it, a doctor checking you out may not be a bad idea. Please try not to freak out – remember to always go easy, as we all face the gravity of this situation equally.
    What’s next? We must be stoic in our fight against this terrible killer, while remaining on code red at all times watching out for new cases. With this attitude, we can destroy this horrible disease. Don’t forget: we may not know how long, but life goes on, and with a miracle, we can still have fun with these games without fear of destruction.

  • Remy, I totally hear you with your reports on the getitis. Up here in the North West, there were recent reports of this affliction on the news. The beginning of life of this outbreak was first attributed to some silly DJ battles at Seattle’s Club 115 and kids being overdosers.
    Doctor Bob Love, renowned scientist known for his works in menmoniq research at Zanzibar University had some insight after spending a couple years to analyze this phenomenon. Dr. Love noted that persons who had a long time afflictions of getitis were easily identified by their deep clear eyes, inappropriate feelings of love, having thoughts of venus on their mind, and lying on the benches. Strange behavior indeed, but they mask the most dangerous symptoms. Many times those inficted with getitis eventually decide to just release their minds altogether. Two patients simply had mental breakdowns and became family restaurant bombers. Other severely inflicted patients were known to play russian roulette, and other simply wouldn’t stop incessantly singing the Brazillian anthem. However, his studies found an antidote to bring this disease under control. To bring back someone from this state, departure from the arcade scene is a necessity. Often a simple getaway to a typical tropical paradise a max 300 days can cause these helpless souls to become infintely better. I’m pretty sure this was published in the 19 or 20 November issue of the Qingdao times.
    Denjin J., a research specialist who is known for his studies in general relativity disagrees with these theories and practices. He thinks the ideas of sending these illegally sane bags of e-motion to some island in the sun utilizes some upside down logic. He feels such therapy is a dead end. He is quoted as saying, “so many bad boys become afflicted with this disease and think they are Mr. Wonderful, it’s simply not true…” He goes on to say, “women too, silly girls especially, become afflicted with this and suddenly feel they are too gorgeous for you or think they need a girls riot.” He thinks a proper course of action is a logical dash from conventional therapy. He sites success in using hypnotique techniques pioneered in Vienna’s Sweet Lab. This therapy involves a free style approach. First, patients must stay away from soda and popcorn. They are then strapped into a chair where their resurrection can begin. L.E.D lights are shined into their eyes giving them indigo vision, and they are told to think of blueberry streams. The therapy can last at least 100 sec but really bad cases can go for at least 333 sec. Complete conquest through this labyrinth of symptoms is complete when the digital mind reader gauge sits in the R3 or R5 range. Some of the worst cases have been in the R10K range.
    One particularly tragic case in Queens Jamaica had a badboy flygirl named Charlotte firing out her uzi, laying out dozens of people unfourtunate enough to be in the path of the surge line. Once she was apprehended, the police asked her over 7000 questions, but couldn’t get a good answer so she was left to rot in a steel cage. She couldn’t stop violence against herself, and she had to be restrained in metal gear. Solid wires from penta-mode industries were utilized whose electronism made sure that she wouldn’t cry out.
    I’m sure it gets more deep than this, but believe me, it’s going to get worse. If you even suspect that you have getititis, make sure you get therapy as soon as possible or they could begin hunting for you.
    (Fuck if I know, I lost count.)

  • Boxthor

    There needs to be a IIDX song called Shut the Fuck up.

  • Nastassya

    I agree with boxthor

  • dj AA

    Dudes, you will never belive what I saw at an arcade today, there was a big science lab project going on right next to it! What the hell? There was this dumb fartbag doctor named Dr. James Love, and he was some worrywart, just because some 5 year old who walked in there for no reason got a headache, hey gave him a 500 year supply of tablets!They had to close down all those Innocent arcade machines near the walls, so I went up to him and said, “I want to play Beatmania, I don’t care whatmania you want to play, seroiusly, does at least one person, at least SOMEBODY, like you? Give us back the arcade machines!”
    I went on a distressing and annoying rampage, eventually, after lots of acts, they gave us back the machines in grade A condition! I was so happy like an angel!

  • Just got one.
    There exists, in my very warped sense of humor, a particular brand of joke called the Get It joke (often capitalized and followed by alternating question and exclamation marks, as above.) Thankfully, there are other people with related senses of humor, so I cannot say that this bizarre type of joke is **limited** to myself.

  • I think if a person makes it all the way to the end of this, they should be asking themselves if they have a life.

    And I do… it’s just a very different one.