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8:13 am - 12/19/2013

Japanese Internet Slang “www” Added to Dictionary


The Japanese ‘net slang for laughter has made it into the Sanseido Japanese Dictionary.. and it’s causing a stir.

The ubiquitous “w” short for “warai” which means “laugh” in Japanese has been used on Japanese forums and bulletin boards for ages and has recently been christened an official word. Similar to LOL in the west the amount of W’s in a message denote just how funny a netizen finds a particular subject with www being only mildly funny but wwwwww being really funny.

The latest entry to the Seventh Edition to the Senseido Japanese Dictionary reads:

■ ダブリュー[W](名)(1)(2)(3)省略(4)〔←warai=笑い〕〔俗〕〔インターネットで〕(あざ)笑うことをあらわす文字。「まさかwww」(以下略)


wwwwwwwww xD

serria 19th-Dec-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Guilty of using this when I write Japanese.

Reminds me, though, of how apparently many Japanese people think "lol" is supposed to be an emoticon. At least, I ran into this among several of my Japanese friends. Haha, to be fair, "www" took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out...
londonshowers 21st-Dec-2013 01:26 am (UTC)
lol did they think 'lol' was a person holding their hands up?
I always see www on forums but never knew what it meant til now lol
asth77 19th-Dec-2013 08:19 am (UTC)
ohhh now I finally know what that means
lttlbrightlight 19th-Dec-2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
I second this XD
And actually, I was curious to know if they feel about this the same way we feel about twerk and selfie being added to our dictionary.
arsinoi 19th-Dec-2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
A sign of the times.
I tend to abuse it when chatting in LINE with my Japanese friends...
thomaswilmoore 19th-Dec-2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine uses this a lot :P Always thought it was weird cuz I don't speak japanese.
hidders 19th-Dec-2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Wonder when "888" will get added...
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