35 widely unknown Japanese internet slang terms

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This recent ranking survey from goo Ranking was quite an effort to translate, a look at current net slang that are not yet widely known. Here is a related survey from a couple of years ago.

Demographics

Over the 5th and 6th of October 2012 1,064 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.2% of the sample were female, 10.5% in their teens, 13.7% in their twenties, 26.6% in their thirties, 27.6% in their forties, 11.7% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Number 16 was the first one I knew, having seen it used and explained on TV just last week!

Here’s a video for number five:


Ranking result

Q: What current net slang do you think is not yet widely known? (Sample size=1,064)

Rank
日本語
Reading
Meaning
Score
1
アイエエエ
Aieee
Japanese transcription of a typical scream from American comics, “Aieeee!”
100
2
わこつ
Wakotsu
On Nico-Nico live net broadcasts, there was initially a low limit on the number of simultaneous broadcasts, so people would spend up to an hour pressing a button to try to capture a slot. Once they got started, people would congratulate them using わこつ, short for 枠取り作業お疲れ様.
97.4
3
ふぁぼる
Faboru
To make something a favourite, particularly on Twitter
93.6
4
承前
Shouzen
Indicates that the current Tweet is a continuation from the last, due to hitting the 140 character limit.
90.6
5
ggrks
Guguru Kasu
Go Google it!
89.8
6
ksk
Kasoku
Speed up, used when a thread on 2ch or other bulletin board takes off
88.3
7
hshs
Hasu hasu
Heavy breathing, from haku-suu, breathe out-breathe in
87.2
8
ファビョる
Fabyoru
A not very polite way of describing a Korean getting mad
87.2
9
kwsk
Kuwashiku
A request for more details
86.8
10
ブヒる
Buhiru
To squeal like a pig at a moe (cute) anime
85.3
11

Sankaku
He/she/it’s cool! Starting from, for example, “Ken san kakkouii!” (Ken is cool), we get “Ken△”
84.2
12
ROMってろ
Rom-tteru
Initially was “Just read this, don’t talk about it”, but now also “Read Only Monitor”, for someone who reads but doesn’t post to a bulletin board
82.7
13
ステマ
Sutema
Short for Stealth Marketing
81.6
14
\宣/
Sky High
The victory pose of The King of Heroes, Sky High, from the Tiger and Bunny series
81.2
15
クラスタ
Cluster
Here indicates a grouping of fans, used as for example, AKB48-cluster.
80.8
16
オワコン
Owacon
Short for Owari (finished) contents. Something that is in the past
80.5
17
呼びタメ
Yobitame
Short for yobisute and tameguchi, an informal (perhaps a hint of looking down at people) and frank talk
78.9
18
ズッ友
Zuttomo
Short for “zutto tomodachi”, usually used when exchanging photo seals. Japanese equivalent of BFF
75.9
19
美ジョガー
Bi-jogger
Beautiful female jogger
75.6
20
DQN
Dokyun
Stupid, anti-social person, perhaps a Japanese chav
75.2
21
ェ・・・

Yes, it’s a silent “…”, apparently from Naruto manga
73.3
22
チート
Cheat
Now used to praise people for nice tricks or game hacks, etc
72.9
23
デフォ
Defo
An abbreviation of “default”, in the sense of “usually”. An example sentence would be “Weekday nights at that ramen shop sees defo 30 people waiting.”
66.5
24
ソーシャルメディア
Social media
Social media
65.8
25
うp
Up
Short for upload, when typed in Japanese input mode
64.3
26
推しメン
Oshimen
Short for “ichioshi member”, one’s favourite member of a group like AKB48
63.9
27
オワタ
Owata
ASCII art of shouting “banzai!” on finishing something
59.8
28
誰得
Daretoku
An abbreviation of “Dare ga tokusurun dayo”, “Who’s the one who knows all about it?”, said for instance to the person starting a thread on comparing the eyelash lengths of AKB48 members
59.0
29
ソース
Source
Source code, nothing more complicated, I don’t think
55.3
30
あげぽよ
Agepoyo
“Age” is to raise, in this sense tension, which means to increase the excitement, and “poyo” is just a meaningless sound added to the utterance
54.1
31
ノーサイド
No side
I don’t think this means anything more than the end of a rugby match, but I’m probably wrong…
53.4
32
爆発しろ
Bakuhatsu shiro
The full phrase is “Rea-juu bakuhatsu shiro”, abuse from net dwellers to people talking about having too much of a real life, so they should go and blow themselves up
52.3
33
どや顔
Doyagao
Smug face, and part of the name of a television program where it gets translated as “face of pride”
51.9
34
ワロタ
Warota
Slang spelling of “laugh”, used like LOL in English
50.0
35
おつ
Otsu
Short for “Otsukaresamadeshita”, a stock phrase meaning “Thank you for your hard work”
47.7

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5 comments »

  1. Jeshii said,
    December 3, 2012 @ 03:32

    オワタ I think is less about finishing something and more like, “I’m done for.” Short for 人生オワタ. It’s when something bad happens and you go, “Oh well, GAME OVER! \(^o^)/”

  2. Rat said,
    December 3, 2012 @ 10:20

    “Daretoku” is more like “Who is this for?” Like when a yaoi fangirl posts some weird fine detail about their favorite pairing on twitter and ends it with “(Daretoku),” a kind of self-tsukkomi thing implying only they care anything about that little weird detail or idea. Similarly there’s “oretoku” which means “for me/my own enjoyment.”

    “Bakuhatsu shiro” is more like “fuck real life” or “fuck [insert unpleasant thing here].”

    • Anonymous said,
      December 3, 2012 @ 12:59

      I prefer to read “daretoku” as “who benefits from this?” This is amusing to me for some reason.

  3. Jrodshibuya said,
    December 3, 2012 @ 14:47

    ノーサイド noo saido – means taking a non-biased, bipartisan approch to issues. Former PM Mori used it in a title of a book he wrote, it’s based on his experience playing rugby and the spirit of friendly competition.

  4. December 9, 2012 @ 15:19

    オワコン Owacon is also used for out-of-date middle-aged and old people.

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