## What is the meaning of all those "w"s in email and SNSs?

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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?

なんでじゃろうねwwとりあえず電車なうだから間に合いそう笑

Do you mean SMSs? – Andrew Grimm – 2011-09-03T01:44:36.877

2Social Network Services :) – nevan king – 2011-09-03T13:34:12.707

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They derive from 笑う(わらう). They're the Japanese equivalent of "LOL".

3And it can have kind of derisive... – Nate Glenn – 2011-06-01T01:04:39.057

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www is Internet slang like lol in Japanese. It stands for warai (笑い), often used on online message boards

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It is an abbreviation for warai (laugh), and it comes from gamer slang. It can be translated as "LOL."

2I would argue that a single (or small number of) w is a lot weaker than the LOL - more like a grin or chuckle, so to speak. – bdonlan – 2011-06-01T00:40:42.380

3Yeah, I agree. Okay, w = *g*, www = LOL, wwwwwwwww = lolololol? :D – Amanda S – 2011-06-01T00:44:02.617

1shouldn't it be l0oo00ol – Pacerier – 2011-06-13T17:57:49.930

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As the others have said, the "w" stands for 笑う(わらう).

You might also see someone write "ちょwww" online. This is similar to somebody saying "ちょ~かわいい" if you've seen that line before. In this case, the ちょ is actually 超(ちょう) so "ちょwww" would translate into something like "so funny" or "very funny" compared to the standard "www" or "wwwwwwwww (ad infinitum)" which would just be "lol" and "roflmao".

I was finally able to ask my Japanese friend to cross reference what you said and he agrees. Thank you for pointing this out, Tsuyoshi. – rcjsuen – 2011-06-10T13:56:41.043

@Tsuyoshi sry do you mind explaining the used to express surprise ? so does "ちょｗｗｗ" means "Give me a break"? – Pacerier – 2011-06-13T18:00:29.037

3@Pacerier: “Give me a break” seemed to be a wrong translation (caused by my misunderstanding of how this phrase is used in English). “Wait a moment” or “hold on” is a better translation. Anyway “ちょｗｗｗ” is an Internet slang used when someone did a funny thing to denote that the speaker is surprised and wants to say “ちょっと待て” or “ちょっと待って” (Wait a moment), but he/she cannot finish the sentence because he/she is laughing. – Tsuyoshi Ito – 2011-06-13T21:16:59.160

@Tsuyoshi ok cool that does clear up some doubts, btw if i want to say ちょっと待て but not when they did anything funny.. can we use ちょｗｗｗ as a general replacement for ちょっと待て? – Pacerier – 2011-06-15T02:29:14.213

12My understanding (as a native Japanese speaker without professional knowledge in linguistics) is that ちょ in “ちょｗｗｗ” comes from ちょっと待て, not 超. ちょっと待て literally is a command “wait a moment,” but in this case it is used to express surprise (in a similar way to the English expression “Give me a break!”). – Tsuyoshi Ito – 2011-06-01T11:59:04.110

@Pacerier no don't! or else you risk getting misunderstood that you're making fun of your partner. – syockit – 2011-07-17T12:29:46.380

@Ito Depending on the case ちょっと待て can be "give me a break" if it was shortened from "ちょっと待て、本気か?" ("wait a minute, are you serious?"). If it was "ちょっと待てコラ!" ("Oy, hold it!") then it could be translated to "Stop screwing around lololol!" – syockit – 2011-07-17T12:38:39.183