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Origin: Armenia
Region Origin: Western Asia

The name "Karen" is a term used as slang, typically referring to a middle-class white woman who is perceived as entitled or demanding beyond the scope of what is normal. The exact origins of the term are uncertain, but it gained popularity as a meme a few years ago, particularly among people of color, especially black Americans. The name "Karen" peaked in popularity in 1965, making most "Karens" baby boomers. The origins of the meme are hard to pin down, with various theories suggesting it originated from a Dane Cook comedy routine in 2005, where he described a person named Karen as a "bag of douche". Another theory attributes the name's association with entitlement and rudeness to a parody post on Reddit in 2017, where a user ranted about his ex-girlfriend, Karen, who exhibited the behavior now associated with the name. Regardless of its origins, the term "Karen" has become synonymous with a specific type of behavior, often combined with the phrase "Can I speak to the manager?" and used as a pejorative for middle-aged white women.

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