The orgin of merf
came from a 25lbs siamese cat named Oba in 1989. This cat would make the sound
when happy, sad, being lazy, or just walkng around.
of kids around Oba started to mimic the cat in saying merf
and it spread
from there as a nonsense word that can mean anything, yet nothing.
For verification, search usenet posts back in the early
90s, and Northern Lights