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I received a message from a player whom I lost to in a match of USF4.

He sent the following message through Steam:

LowIQGod : you just got bodied son, get BTFO, stay free

What does "stay free" mean? I am having trouble understanding this, since it seems when I search it up it leads me to a company that sells feminine hygiene products.

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This is apparently a phrase used within the Street Fighter/general FG community to mean that your opponent did poorly and should work on their performance. Basically, he insulted you and said you didn't do very well.

An insult - Acknowledgment of one's poor performance. Telling someone that they will continue to perform at an unsatisfactory level if they dont put forth effort to get improve. - Usually used within the Street Fighter community.

Sources are Urban Dictionary (page is SFW but UD should be considered NSFW, in general) and Shoryuken (pretty much the biggest FGC forum out there).

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    Sidenote: I'd love to see the Etymology of this term. I can't think of any sensible connection between "Stay Free" and "You suck".
    – MrLemon
    Nov 7, 2014 at 9:33
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    @MrLemon, given Shoryuken link says FREE=when someone loses, they are FREE. I think it's just free = not playing, so to stay free is like quit playing.
    – icebat
    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:08
  • If I had to guess, it references fighting game tournaments and arcades where someone might be "free" for a match if they aren't currently playing against someone. In other words, the guy is telling you to stop playing the game. Nov 7, 2014 at 22:40
  • I always thought it came out of the 'Free to play' vs 'paid subscription', as in "Don't waste your money, you're not good enough to bother paying for this game"
    – Robotnik
    Jan 5, 2015 at 3:32
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    This is late but it refers to the player being so bad they are essentially a "free" win if you play against them. Similarly in games that use an ELO ranking (starcraft, league of legends etc.) someone might instead say you are "freELO", as in free ELO ranking. Oct 25, 2016 at 23:11

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