5 Popular Japanese Internet Slang Terms You Should Know in 2017

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5 Popular Japanese Internet Slang Terms You Should Know in 2017

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When you skim through 2ch (famous Japanese message board) or Twitter in Japanese, you may find words that you have never seen before that cannot be found in any dictionary. That’s because they are Internet slangs, and we will introduce to you 5 terms that have been used frequently in 2017!


1.Love-Ritsu (らぶりつ)

The common way to engage in Twitter is through “Like”, “Retweet”, or “Comment”. “Love Ritsu” stands for Like+Retweet, and the most popular way to use this is when you want people to like or retweet your post.
e.g. #Love Ritsu kudasai/#らぶりつください (#Please like and retweet)

2. Kusa (草)

When you express yourself laughing on the internet in English, in most cases you use “lol”, “haha”, or the laughing emoji. However, in Japanese, you can express this emotion in one kanji, “草”. “草”(Kusa) is literally translated as “grass” in English, but when you use this as an internet slang, it means something totally different.

In Japan, most internet users use “w” as equivalent of “lol”, and a bunch of “www” look like grass, so now they just say “Kusa” to express themselves laughing. Often times people say “Kusa Haeru”(草生える), translated as “grasses are growing”, which actually means “I can’t stop laughing”.

3. #Kakusan Kibou (#拡散希望)

“Kakusan Kibou” is translated as “Please share or retweet”. When someone wants to spread news or information, they use this hashtag at the end of their tweet.

4. Kusoripu (クソリプ)

“Kusoripu”, or “stupid reply”, refers to the reply on someone’s post on Twitter that is totally irrelevant or doesn’t make sense. For example, if you tweet “I went to Subway today and ordered a sandwich without olive and pickles, but turned out that they forgot to remove the olives :(”

A “kusoripu” to this would be:

  1. A reply blaming you saying that you shouldn’t be to fussy.
  2. A reply with just a face like (^▽^;).
  3. A reply that is totally irrelevant to your tweet.

You can also use it in a sentence like the tweet below that says, “I was about to send a ‘kusoripu'”.

5.#Tag Yarimasu(#タグやります)

“#Tag Yarimasu”, literally translated as “#I will use hashtag” is another way of introducing yourself to public on twitter. Often times along with this hashtag comes an introducing sentence with photos of yourself or a celebrity that you like. It is aimed to relate with people who have similar interests.

The tweet below used “#Tag Yarimasu” to connect with supporters of Nanami Hashimoto, former member of Nogizaka46 who graduated in February of 2017.

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