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Japanese Text Messaging and Emoticons

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I saw this video a few weeks ago about Japanese students being introduced to some English texting/internet abbreviations like “b4″ and “gr8″ (though who over the age of 12 still uses those anymore?). If they were this enthused about those, I wonder what they would make of LOL or WTF? Anyway, it made me wonder, what were some Japanese equivalents? The video notes the abbreviation “KY” in Japanese, which stands for “kuuki yomenai” (空気読めない – literally “can’t read the air”), which is ...

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