I often see people use in twitter smth like「ゴクリ」, usually in the end of the sentence. What does it mean?

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ゴクリ (ごくり) is an onomatopoeia for swallowing down something once, in this case, saliva (*gulp*). It is used to suggest that someone sees something "tasty", or holds breath expecting something. Written in halfwidth katakana in the end of a sentence because it is a long-standing format for short text elements in Japanese memes. While the onomatopoeia has many variants like ごくっ, ごっくり etc., I have only seen it in particular forms ゴク or ゴクリ as internet slang.

  • It's also sometimes used to indicate an anxiety/worry (e.g. after doing something wrong).
    – Andrew T.
    Jul 9, 2019 at 14:06
  • "traditional Japanese meme style", do you mean memes have a traditional style or traditional japanese is used in memes? Or something else? Jul 9, 2019 at 15:30
  • I believe that broccoli means that it is in the style traditionally employed when writing memes in Japanese. Jul 9, 2019 at 15:35
  • @TeleportingGoat & RebeccaNelson I'm still not sure how to put it accurately. Is the edited one clearer? Jul 10, 2019 at 2:05

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