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

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

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

  • The Internet certainly has its own lingo.
    Among the English online users, there is an Internet slang that has been created which is unfamiliar to those who do not use the Internet often.
    The same goes for the Japanese users who have also created slang on the web.
    You may have come across some of them while browsing Japanese sites and you may have gotten confused, 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” and 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 number 8 is pronounced as “hachi” in Japanese, but when used as an online slang, it is pronounced as “pachi.”
    When you hear “pachi pachi pachi,” does it remind you of anything?
    The Japanese have a wide range of onomatopoeia and “pachi” is one of them.
    It 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. 乙

    The character “乙” is pronounced as “otsu” in Japanese and is derived from the phrase “otsukaresama deshita,” a common greeting used among colleagues in the workplace.
    “Otsukaresama deshita” is kind of like “thank you for your hard work.”
    Therefore, “乙” has a similar meaning and 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 that is used for individuals or delinquents who do not have common sense.
    The usage of this term spread from the popular Japanese Internet forum, 2channel (2ちゃんねる).

  • 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 “sankakkei” in Japanese 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,” means “Mr. Adam is cool.”

  • Did you have fun learning these Japanese Internet slang terms?
    Now that you are familiar with some of them, you will not be confused by those terms that cannot be translated with online translators!