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Emoticon(?) "w," "ww," "www"

Discussion in 'Learning Japanese' started by roboTTo, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. roboTTo

    roboTTo 後輩

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    おせわになりました。

    I did a Search on this site and couldn't find a relevant answer, so my question is the following:
    As part of my independent study of Japanese I watch lots of Japanese language youtube vlogs, and fairly often I see w or ww or, especially, www, added to comments posted (in Japanese), and when they do appear, it's almost always at the end of the posts. IRC, I've seen these elsewhere on blogs like OK Wave as well.

    I had been thinking for quite some time that these "w" things were due to miscoding(?) by my browser, but now I'm thinking they're either actual emoticons or something similar.

    Could someone set me straight on this question?
     
  2. Lomaster

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    w stands for "warau" (わらう/笑う) which is a Japanese verb "to laugh". Often times the kanji 笑 is used instead of w. Treat "w" as you would "lol"
     
  3. roboTTo

    roboTTo 後輩

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    いい説明ありがとうございました。ヽ(・∀・)ノ
     
  4. lanthas

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    You may also encounter people commenting 草生える or 草不可避 when they find something particularly funny. This is in reference to a row of w's looking like a series of grass strands.
     
  5. Toritoribe

    Toritoribe 禁漁期
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    Note that it's also sometimes used as derision.
     
  6. roboTTo

    roboTTo 後輩

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    Excellent. I'd not seen these words before, I'll add them to my vocabulary list for today.
    Thanks!
     
  7. roboTTo

    roboTTo 後輩

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    #7 roboTTo, Jul 21, 2017
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    Excellent. Brand new info to me. Now I know my browser's not flaking out. ━(゚∀゚)━
    I wrote those expressions on my vocabulary list for today, and I'll memorize them.
    Thanks!
    It took me 10 years to finally learn the kanji, so I recognize them.
     
  8. roboTTo

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    #8 roboTTo, Jul 21, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
    Thanks!
    Since it's Japanese, I want to make sure I stay polite, so I am wondering if are you referring to the w(s), or 草生える, or 草不可避, or 笑, or some of them?
     
  9. Toritoribe

    Toritoribe 禁漁期
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    All of them.
     
  10. roboTTo

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    All.Cool. Thanks.
     

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