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Sometimes I see that people like to "curl" the last mora of a verb, for example:

瑞生: ああそれから、亜湖にも特別ボーナスだ。

亜湖: えっ。

瑞生: ジャーン!

亜湖: 何それ?

瑞生: かわいいだろう?

瑞生: おいおいおい、ほら、ちょっと、当ててみろよ。

亜湖: 何?

瑞生: ほらほらほら…。

瑞生: わあ、似合ってるぅ!

(Youtube link)

I was wondering what exactly does it mean to curl the "る" sound of the verb, and in what situations do we do that?

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It's just 「似合ってる~」(=似合っている), with the final sound prolonged... like you say 'Aaand...'/'Veeery'/'Ahhhh'... –  Chocolate Apr 9 '12 at 8:02
    
@Chocolate Btw I was wondering what's the various purposes of the elongated "る".. can it be used to make fun of the other party? –  Pacerier Apr 9 '12 at 8:48
    
No I don't think it expresses contempt or hatred etc. In this case わあ、似合ってるぅ! means 'Wow, it looks good on you~~!'. I think it's normally added to show emphasis or exclamation. –  Chocolate Apr 11 '12 at 9:15
    
@Chocolate Cool, thanks for the clarification =) –  Pacerier Apr 11 '12 at 14:19
    
@Pacerier It definitely can be used to make fun of the other person. However this is normally targeted at English speakers attempting to speak Japanese since beginners normally extend the u sounds more than they should. –  Ian Apr 24 '12 at 2:29
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It makes it feminine and cute. It may imply that the pronunciation is done with アヒル口 (duck mouth).

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Uh btw I was thinking in the context of the video, what message is the father trying to convey when he says "似合ってるぅ" ? –  Pacerier Apr 9 '12 at 9:02
    
@Pacerier, Ew, "father"? –  Chocolate Apr 9 '12 at 9:07
    
@Chocolate Erm ya the father uses the "る~", @ youtube.com/… –  Pacerier Apr 9 '12 at 9:30
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In English we typically say "duckface", as one word. –  Karl Knechtel Apr 11 '12 at 10:25
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