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!


2 Answers 2


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?

  • 1
    No, not at all. So you mean it's like a 顔文字 or something?
    – istrasci
    Jan 20, 2012 at 15:33
  • 4
    @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, 2012 at 15:35
  • 1
    No, I've never seen ノシ either. What is that? Japanese people have very.....unique...imaginations.
    – istrasci
    Jan 20, 2012 at 16:04
  • 2
    @istrasci san, ノシ=Bye. (Looks like hands being waved good-bye, no?)
    – user1016
    Jan 20, 2012 at 16:53
  • 1
    AH! It totally does! orz! Jan 20, 2012 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".


  • 1
    Lol, 'hehehe'...! This is so funny~~!
    – user1016
    Jan 20, 2012 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, 2012 at 20:19

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .