People make silly phrases like:

Pew! Pew! I shoot you with my space gun.

Where did the "pew pew" phrase come from?

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    super related / same question over on el.se english.stackexchange.com/questions/315488/… – Niffler Jan 13 at 17:24
  • I'm tempted to vote to close, since the "pew pew" sound isn't limited to laser guns, as far as I know. Is it really an SFF-only concept? – Jenayah Jan 13 at 17:57
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    Non-SFF guns go Bang! Bang! don't they? – Harry Johnston Jan 13 at 18:15
  • ... but really this was probably invented independently millions of times over after the first science fiction TV shows started airing sometime in the middle of the last century. I doubt there's any way to track down a first instance. – Harry Johnston Jan 13 at 18:18
  • A possible candidate is Star Wars. Old scifi tends to use different types of sounds for their guns (often written as zap or blam in comic format from what I can tell), but one of the things Star Wars pioneered was its sound effects. Star Wars blasters is a unique sound that is probably best described as "pew.". google.com/amp/s/www.popularmechanics.com/culture/movies/news/… – Kai Jan 14 at 5:05

From KYM

While the sound effect of laser-beam has been imitated by sci-fi movie fans for decades (most notably in Star Wars films), popular usage of "pew pew" in online conversations began to surge in mid-2005, around the same time when lolcat & lolspeak phenomena started gaining grounds on 4chan.

The earliest definition of the phrase "pew pew" appeared on Urban Dictionary in August 2005:

interj. 1. Used to imitate the sound made by firing a gun; specifically a laser gun (esp. a Stormtrooper rifle).

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