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インターネットスラング. Character strings unique to textual domains, including phone based texting. Includes emoticons if they are relevant to Japanese language or usage.

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What does the internet slang "草生えた" mean?

I came across the term 草生えた on the internet. There wasn't much context, but it didn't seem to mean that grass was growing. Is this a slang term? What does it mean? I couldn't find it in any of ...
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What do repeated 8s mean in internet slang?

I was watching a live video stream the other day. To my surprise, other viewers kept flooding the chat with the number eight! My screen kept filling up with messages like these: ...
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Do Japanese people see ツ as a smiling face?

Tsu (ツ) kana is sometimes used on the internet as a smiling face, such as in the emoticon ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I'm wondering if Japanese people notice it or is just another character for them? The reason I'm ...
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What is the meaning of all those "w"s in email and SNSs?

You see a lot of w and ww and even www in Twitter and casual chat. What does it mean? I've always thought it was わいわい but never found out. How is it pronounced? Here's an example from Twitter ...
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Where does なう on Twitter come from?

If you follow any Japanese speakers on Twitter, you'll almost certainly see them use なう at the end of a sentence, to say "I am in this place/doing this thing now". Where does this use come from? Who ...
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Use of 厨 on the Internet

If you visit ニコニコ動画 or any Japanese message boards often you are bound to see comments like ニコ厨 or 東方厨. Does anyone have good idea how did this originate and what do they mean?
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What is the significance of ココ and サ in emoji?

I am wondering what these emoji mean. Like, why would they create these ones specifically? I'm trying to think of a translation for ココ, but all I can think of is "cocoa" or a shortened long word, but ...
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Meaning of 情弱乙 ?

I see 情弱乙 being used (as an interjection?) on many websites, but I can't find it in any dictionary, even online dictionaries. I guess the pronunciation is じょうじゃくおつ. What does it mean? Examples: 情弱乙! ...
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Meaning of 人 in Japanese internet slang

In a page from the Dead Tube manga, a man is being killed during a live video. Some of the viewers comment the scene simply with "人". What is the meaning of this kanji when used in this way? Could its ...
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Software described as 香ばしい

Upon seeing a particular enterprise software solution XYZ being mentioned, a passing-by IT engineer wrote this: XYZなかなか香ばしい My dictionary only have food-related definitions for this word. What ...
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Why does "to tweet" something on Twitter become つぶやく?

Related to this question: What is the Japanese word or phrase for "to post on the internet"? I have noticed that when you post something on twitter they don't say 投稿する toukou suru, but ...
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does 「なう」have effeminate connotations?

I often get text messages from people who use the twitter-derived slang 「なう」 to mean "now." As in 「電車なう」meaning "(I am on the) train now." However, these mainly come from women, and one gay dude. Is ...
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How do I "understand" kaomoji? (Japanese smilies)

When I see something like this: ヘ(´∀`ヘ)ヘ(´∀`ヘ)ヨイヨイ(ノ´∀`)ノ(ノ´∀`)ノヨイヨイ♪ I think some voodoo demon wants to say something to me. o_O My Japanese friends often use kaomoji. But, when they add (´▽`) or ...
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What is the meaning of あるある?

I saw it used on Twitter several times, but googling around I couldn't figure it out. Here are some examples. "@mao_sid: 24あるある。シーズン2ぐらいから、あのちょいちょい入ってくるデジタル時計いらないなぁって思いだす。" "@mao_sid: 24あるある。...
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Internet vocabulary: Is 落ちる an equivalent of "being AFK"?

Context I saw many times people using 落ちる in a chat followed by 後で. I assumed that the user expressed his intent of temporarily leaving a chat and planned to come back later. Question As the title ...
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What does(棒) as net slang mean?

I was reading a novel at Syosetsuka ni Narou's site and I found(棒) in one of the dialogues. I know that there's a similar(笑) that's equivalent to English net slang "lol", but I find no sense in ...
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Is "リア充" (Riajuu) interchangeable with "playboy"?

I often see phrases where Riajuu appears in situations where I think it could be translated to "playboy" without any loss in meaning, following from the context and the Urban Dictionary definition. ...
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What does ^^; mean?

I was reading through this one question on OKWAVE that was asking people what they thought of Japan’s education system. It’s a pretty long read, but it does have interesting parts to it. For instance, ...
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What does the letter 'P' at the end of an author's pseudonym mean?

There are many authors on YouTube and NicoNico whose names end with the letter 'P', for example: 鼻そうめんP, 無力P, etc. What does this 'P' stand for? Why do they all use it?
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What does 凸 mean here?

In Yakuza 6, former idol Haruka is looking at an online article about how, as a surrogate daughter of a yakuza, she was spotted in an orphanage in Okinawa. One of the comments on the article says &...
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Pronunciation of「ww」(笑い)

In Japanese internet slang, you see people use「ww」to mean something like "lol". I was curious how this would be pronounced if read aloud. In English, I hear people say either /ɛl oʊ ɛl/ or /lɑl/ for "...
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Internet speak - orz

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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Etymology and usage of 凸待ち

I've seen the internet slang 凸{とつ}待{ま}ち used for "waiting for incoming (Skype etc) calls" pretty frequently, but what is the etymology and usage of the word? I've read on other sites that it came ...
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How do you pronounce a ッ followed by a ー?

I thought I fully understood katakana, but an old meme confuses me. Here is a nicovideo dictionary entry on it: フタエノキワミ、アッー! If you listen to a video of the English voice actor saying it, it just ...
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What does 次行ってみよう mean?

I haven't done too, too much in-depth research on this one, but a general search seems to show that this is a joke or a meme. Either way, I'm very interested in knowing a bit more about the context of ...
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What does おめでとう煜ございます mean?

At first I thought it was a typo, but inserting the character 煜 into birthday wishes or the like seems to be common, e.g. おめでとう煜ございます おめでとうございます煜 おめでとう煜ございます煜 I have several problems: What ...
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Are there trends in Japanese similar to Pig Latin or Martian Chinese?

There are of course multiple individual slang expressions where you use Latin alphabet and numbers such as ww, W, ggrks, wktk, kwsk, etc. However, is there any specific system or argot made just for ...
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What does (ry mean?

I found this chapter title quite confusing: サブライターがメインに昇格した二作目って大抵(ry which I understand to mean something like: A second work made by a sub writer who became the main writer? Seems mediocre. ...
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The meaning, usage and cultural significance of the word [苦]{く}[笑]{しょう}

I've looked in many dictionaries, but I can't fully grasp how the word [苦]{く}[笑]{しょう} is used. I've seen it in dictionaries as being a kind of "embarrassed laugh". It appears to be used to deprecate ...
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What is the meaning of putting a word in parentheses at the end of a statement [Internet Speech]?

I'm sorry, I can't think of a better way to title this question, but I took a screenshot of the short Twitter exchange showing what I mean: In case anything goes wrong with the image, here it is in ...
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How is 「なう」most commonly appended to verbs?

I read the other two questions on なう on this site, and I want to know what the most common way to add なう after a verb is. I've seen なう most frequently with nouns. This is supported by http://nanapi.jp/...
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What does できなさすぎる mean?

So I know that すぎる means too much, like 昨日お酒を飲みすぎた, etc. but when it comes to something like: 何々をすることができなさすぎる Does it mean: 1 - I can't do "this" at all. or 2 - I can't do "this" too much. So ...
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what does クソリプ means?

I guess it's a short for クソリプライ which literally means shit reply. But what is "shit reply"? Is it similar to "shitpost"? I don't really understand its meaning along with where and when you would use ...
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What's the meaning of "どアップしんどい"?

I found this sentence in a manga and I can't understand what it means. どアップ (or ドアップ) should mean close up, while しんどい means tiring, bothersome, hard etc., but what do they mean when they are put ...
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「○○は草」とはどういう意味でしょうか?

Abemaの麻雀チャンネルを見ていたら、人のコメントの一部または全部をコピーして、最後に「は草」を付けて送信する人がいました。 例えば、コメント欄がとても盛り上がっていた時に「コメント読みてえのに多すぎて読めねえんだよ だから各自で控えろ」というコメントがありました。 これに対して コメントを控えろは草 と送ってきました。 このようなことをいろんなコメントでずっと繰り返していました。...
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What is the meaning of ぶさかわ?

I was talking to my language partner and she mentioned ぶさかわ being used in situations when you want to describe something not pretty but nice. Apparently the word is relatively new and was first used ...
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Meaning of 電凸 in suicide context

Context: in a manga, a video of a person filming himself with a smartphone while committing suicide jumping in front of a train has the following title: 早朝にガチの電凸してみた As far as I understood from ...
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涙活 = "monetizing the tears"?

In Kanojo Okarishimasu (aka Rent-a-Girlfriend) S3E03, a hyperactive zoomer girl (who's also a youtuber) named Yaemori hears MC's situation, and starts crying. Afterwords, she says "泣いた記念に写真撮るっス&...
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Meaning of おま言う

On the Internet, two persons talk about spying and open source: A: 秘密をなくして、全部さらけ出せよ。そっちのほうがオープンだぞw B: おま言う What does B want to express? I thought it was a typo but there seems to be many people ...
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What is the meaning of すこ in ほんとすこ?

Seen on the internet. Looking around I see others guessing it might be a different form of 本当っすか for 本当ですか, or maybe すこ for すき. Can anyone confirm? Thanks!
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The origin of "HN"

I've read that HN is used as an abbreviation (略) of "Handle Name". Why was Handle Name abbreviated in Japanese instead of the much more common, at least in English, "User Name" or even the good old "...
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「((ネーミングセンスとは」とは?

日本語   これからEKって呼びますねっ!!((ネーミングセンスとは ネットでこれを言われたんですけど、後半のインターネットスラングの意味はよくわからないです。「((」は大丈夫ですが、「とは」というのはどういう意味ですか?書き手の心情は一体何なんですか?自分がネーミングセンスないってこと?それとも僕がネーミングセンスないって? English   これからEKって呼びますねっ!!((...
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Meaning of 不人気街道一直線

不人気街道一直線 I found this expression on few Japanese sites (social mostly, so it seems like some slang?), but what does it mean? I guess it means 'unpopular', but that's not enough for me if I see so ...
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「おはつよろ」のいみはなんですか?

「おはつよろ」のいみはなんですか? I was interacting on a chat and after providing greetings, I used hajimemashite and yoroshiku onegaishimasu and I received ohatsuyoro as a response. I was unable to find the word(s) ...
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Meaning of sentence「最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる。」

I'm self studying Japanese and I read horror stories to build my reading skills. Recently I came across this sentence that I can't figure out: 最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる I can't understand what do じ, ...
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"Your mom has an outie" = "son of a bitch" in English?

This might seem ridiculous, but I've now encountered "Your mom has an outie" twice in anime, and both times, it's been translated as "son of a bitch." I just want to know if there'...
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だお (net slang?)

I think I remember some characters in steins;gate ending sentences with お or だお. What does it mean?
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Is the ending ~ま鶴 just a slang corruption of ~ます?

Occasionally on Twitter, I see tweets from young native Japanese-speakers like: おはようございま[鶴]{つる} with the obvious meaning of おはようございます。 Is this change of ます to まつる just a form of slang, and is it ...
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Twitter idioms: Why do some Japanese have an "@" in the middle of their "names" (not usernames)?

I've noticed that some Japanese Twitter users put words/short sentences separated by an "@" symbol in the "name" field. A common one I've noticed is "abc123@LINEスタンプ販売中," which seems to imply they're ...
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Is 笑 more like "LOL" or "haha"?

I know that 笑/草/w are just different ways to type out "haha" or "LOL", but is there a nuance between using which one? In English, "haha" is more casual and laid-back ...
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