The Detailed History Of "LOL" Of Japanese
Some conservative people hate to use slang, but they are authentic words of the language and very interesting to study, especially about funny one. In fact, much of slang has an intriguing history about its origin. Let's see one of Japanese Internet slang: "w".
#1 What's "w"?
Actually, it means they are laughing. The similar expression in English must be "lol", but the Japanese one can repeat itself as many as they want to.
#2 Why "w"?
This kanji represents smiling and laughing, and it is pronounced like, "warai". Yes, "w" is the first letter of it. Thus, they started to use w to express they are laughing at something funny they see on the Internet. The harder they laugh, the more w appears. The traditional Internet users tend to use them at least 3 per laughing.
#3 Now, something is changing...
#4 Why grassing?
Watch closely the shape of "w". If you repeat it many times:
Wow, it looks grass! Yes, that's why. When they see something funny, they will say, "It's grassing" or "That's grassing all over my face," instead of just typing "w".
By the way, when you use this phrase, don't use w with it. If you say, "It's grassing wwww", the traditional Internet-savvy will find you a novice. Wow, it's so complicated a world. Grassing.
- Akitsugu Domoto