Japanese Online Idioms (410)

1 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-26 05:15 ID:Heaven [Del]

I would like to know what some of the Japanese phrases mean that are mostly used online, on boards like 2ch, e.g.

There is DQN and (ry, for instance.

What do those mean? Are there other ones I need to know to understand an average online conversation?

Please enlighten me!

This thread refers to another thread, by the way:


2 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-26 09:13 ID:+fos88Cg [Del]

Ok, let me. But first off, I have to tell you this:
Don't just use those expressions except when you
are on 2ch or related boards such as wakaba.
If you use them on other message systems
available in Japanese, you will come across as very bad.
I myself wouldn't use DQN and (ry when I e-mail my friends.

So, DQN stands for Do-kyu-m in Japanese, which means
A, someone foolish, mad, or out of their minds
B, someone with no or little knowledge on the topic other
2ch people are talking about.
C, someone who is a bit too childish to communicate with
Well, it's a little abusive expression, but
most of us think it deserves nuisances.

As for (ry, it sometimes is nearlly equal to "Blah-Blah-Blah" in English.
When you don't want to say something straightforward,
you can use (ry ,especially at the end of your sentences.
But there's another usage. When you respond to someone
such as a DQN and you want to imply
that you put (ry instead of what you really want to
say because it's obviously too common and boring to every reader except the DQN, you can use (ry.
So you need to tell which (ry means.

Did I make sense to you?

3 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-26 09:59 ID:Heaven [Del]

"DQN" is used to call the people with (unacceptable behavior/no education).
"(ry" on the other hand indicates the words after the point were omitted,
which is often used needlessly for humor.

4 名前: 3 2004-11-26 10:02 ID:Heaven [Del]

Sorry, I forgot to refresh the page before posting.

5 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-27 05:16 ID:afxs9c3w [Del]

In short, DQN is a person who behaves badly, acts illegally, or thinks immorally, etc.

6 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-27 15:36 ID:Heaven [Del]


I see, thank you for answering my questions! Are there any more general expressions one just has to know on 2ch and smiliar boards?

I also wonder how "DQN" became so popular. I read it was made famous by some guy's website (which I visited, it seems pretty amateur-ish) who was referring to some TV show. I don't understand how such big fame as the DQN phrase can be derived from that, but maybe it's just one of those silly internet fads.

For instance, in English, you often use abbrevations online. One would be OMG, short for "Oh My G'd!" (expression of shock). Now, on 4chan, it has been changed into zOMG. The additional z at the beginning has no real meaning, it was just said to be added to give away the impression that the person wanted to write OMG but was so hectic and careless with his writing, that his fingers just slipped over the z-key on the keyboard. And now people use "zOMG" to come intentionally off as stupid, or, in other words, DQN.

It is an interesting internet. Are there any English online idioms that you don't understand and would like to understand? I could try and explain them.

Also, "Wakaba" is an image board software, similiar to futaba. It was used on iichan.net, which is offline at the moment. "Kareha" is the software for the kind of message board system 4-ch uses. It has been written by the same author as Wakaba, !WAHa.06x36, who you can see post regularly here on 4-ch. At the bottom of each page here on 4-ch, there are links to his software.

7 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-27 17:28 ID:jVP9J7vA [Del]

I don' t know exactly how the word "DQN" became so popular, but I think this word sounds so fun because it (=dokyun) reminds many Japanese of the sound of a gun. It is easy to read, write and pronounce for the Japanese 2ch'er.
And I want to point out the fact that "DQN" can be changed into other expression. (in Katakana, ドキュン (dokyun) or ドキュソ(dokyuso))
2ch'er tends to change the word or phrase just like the example >>6 san provided us, and we are always looking for new words or phrases.

If my response can't help you, スマソ(=スマン or I'm sorry)

8 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-27 22:18 ID:Heaven [Del]

DQN comes from the title of an old TV program(目撃!ドキュン) that mainly shows people with a pitiful life.

9 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-28 00:18 ID:Heaven [Del]

ZOMG was previously used on SA; since all the 4chan founders came from SA, it spread.

10 名前: !WAHa.06x36 2004-11-28 23:21 ID:4IrNthww [Del]

It seems that misspellings are TEH FUNNAY the world around.

11 名前: Anonymous 2004-11-28 23:36 ID:Heaven [Del]


People always crave something new, also in their ways of expression.
On the internet even more than in real life, developing a sophisticated new form of expression is too difficult for most. Changing small things like single letters, making puns with little economical-syntactical effort is the way to go for the masses.

12 名前: 7 2004-11-29 06:46 ID:Bn53l3gw [Del]

Oh, "fun" cannot be used as a adjective....
I should have written "this word sounds so funny" instead of "this word sounds so fun", right?
If so, that was my serious mistake, not the one we are talking about. orz

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