Humor Web Humor The 5 Best 'What in Tarnation' Memes Seriously, what in tarnation? Share PINTEREST Email Print Web Humor Memes Holiday Humor By Molly McLaughlin Molly McLaughlin New York University Molly K. McLaughlin has been a technology writer since 2004. Her work has appeared on PCMag, Dealnews, Wirecutter, and many others. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 02/13/20 The "What in Tarnation" meme began as many do, with an image of a dog, in this case, a Shiba Inu wearing a cowboy hat. Sometimes it has southern-related captions, such as "sorry, we don't have sweet tea." Other times, the meme involves words that rhyme with tarnation – carnation, taxation, pollination, filtration, formation (Queen Bae) and just about anything that ends in "tion." What Do 'What in Tarnation' Memes Mean? Sometimes these memes mean what the heck and other times there's a play on words. How Are 'What in Tarnation' Memes Used? Tarnation memes are used to express confusion or anger at a situation or in a silly variation with a rhyming word. Examples of 'What in Tarnation' Memes Example #1:Image: Bee with a cowboy hat onText: What in pollination?Meaning: Bees like memes too. They're just like us. Example #2:Image: James Otis, who coined the phrase "taxation without representation is tyranny."Text: wot in taxation without representationMeaning: The tarnation of its day. Example #3:Image: Cat with a cowboy hat onText: When you're home alone and you hear the TV turn on by itself. What in tarnation?Meaning: Tarnation is the only response to a possessed television. For even more examples, including links to the originals, check out our full list of the five funniest 'What in Tarnation' memes: 01 of 05 What in Pollination? Bee Movie 2: The Existential Crisis. 02 of 05 Taxation Without Representation Patriotic tarnation in the lead-up to the American Revolution. 03 of 05 TV Brings Tarnation Never forget Poltergeist. (This house is NOT clean.) 04 of 05 What in Carnation? Even flowers have questions. 05 of 05 What in Obamanation? How could we leave out POTUS # 44?