Find Out the Meanings of These 5 Common Internet Slang Terms Used in Japan!

  • The Internet certainly has its own lingo. Even among the English online users, there is Internet slang that has been created that is unfamiliar to those who do not use the Internet often. The same goes for the Japanese users who have also created some slang on the web. You may have come across some of them while browsing Japanese sites, so this article will teach you the meaning of 5 popular Japanese Internet slang terms!

    1. www

    While www is universally known as the World Wide Web, it has a different meaning when used by Japanese Internet users. You may have seen this term commonly used in Japanese forums. The word ‘warai’ means ‘laugh’, so the short form of that used online is ‘w’. The higher the number of w’s, the greater the laughter, so it is quite similar to the English Internet slang ‘lol’.

    2. 888

    The word 8 is pronounced as hachi in Japanese, but when used as online slang, it is pronounced as pachi. When you hear the word pachi pachi pachi, does it remind you of anything? The Japanese have a wide range of onomatopoeia, and pachi is one of them. The word pachi is equivalent to the sound of an audience clapping, so 888 implies clapping! Similar to www, the effect increases when you use more number 8’s!

    3. Otsu (おつ )

    The word otsu is derived from the term ‘otsukaresama deshita’, which is a common greeting used among colleagues in the workplace. Otsukaresama deshita is kind of like “thank you for your hard work”. Therefore, otsu has a similar meaning when used on the Internet. It is a common way to say “thank you” on the Internet.

    4. DQN

    DQN is the short form for ‘dokyun.’ The slang DQN is a derogatory term which is used to mean individuals or delinquents who are stupid, uncultured, or socially inferior. The usage of the term DQN spread from the popular Japanese Internet forum, 2channel. Here’s an interesting fact: 2channel inspired the creation of the infamous imageboard website known as 4chan!

    5. △

    This triangle symbol can really perplex those who are not familiar with Japanese Internet slang. It is really just a play on words. The triangle is pronounced as sankaku or sankakukei, which is close to sounding like san kakkee. Kakkee is a casual form of kakkoii which means cool, while san is a suffix that is used when referring to a person in a polite way, sort of like Mr, Mrs, or Ms. Therefore, the triangle is used together with a person’s name, for example, Adam△ which is read as ‘Adam-san kakkee’, meaning ‘Adam is cool’.

    Did you have fun learning those Japanese Internet slang words? Now that you are familiar with some of them, you will not be confused by those terms which cannot be put into an online translator!

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