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I've seen several of my Japanese friends use "orz" in various types of posts on Facebook. What does "orz" mean? It's driving me nuts!

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Lol, sorry I often use it too... when I want to show that I'm shocked, sad or depressed...it's like OMG or something similar to it I think... because doesn't it look like someone throwing himself on the ground?

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No, not at all. So you mean it's like a 顔文字 or something? – istrasci Jan 20 '12 at 15:33
@istrasci san... Yes that's what I heard... The letter 'o' shows the head and 'z' shows the legs. And have you seen ノシ too? – user1016 Jan 20 '12 at 15:35
No, I've never seen ノシ either. What is that? Japanese people have very.....unique...imaginations. – istrasci Jan 20 '12 at 16:04
@istrasci san, ノシ=Bye. (Looks like hands being waved good-bye, no?) – user1016 Jan 20 '12 at 16:53
AH! It totally does! orz! – silvermaple Jan 20 '12 at 17:05


"o" is for head, "r" for arm and body, and "z" for body and legs. I couldn't find any pictures of it, but found a picture of its variety "OTL".


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Lol, 'hehehe'...! This is so funny~~! – user1016 Jan 20 '12 at 16:41
AAHHHH!!! That picture made so much more sense. It's a side profile! Even with @Chocolate's description in his answer, I didn't really understand the pose it was trying to convey. – istrasci Jan 20 '12 at 20:19
@istrasci san, …hisじゃなくて…her… – user1016 Jan 20 '12 at 22:55
@Chocolate: すみませんでした! m(_ _)m – istrasci Jan 20 '12 at 23:28

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