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In Japan and around the world, there are countless unique ways to express emotion while typing using symbols or characters.

Many revolve around emoticons or emoji.

Others focus on Ascii art.

Then there are just the simple ones that we use daily.

One very common method in Japan is the use of the letter “w”.

You might see it in sentences or after words like:

“That was a great movie ww”

“You must be kidding! wwww”


“I know what you mean ww”

Well, it looks better in Japanese because it’s a bit easier to distinguish the w’s next to Japanese characters like this…

「あの映画マジおもろかったよなww」(That was seriously a great movie! ww)

「嘘だろww!?」(You’re kidding right!? ww )、

「分かる、分かる!wwwwww」(Yeah! I know I know! wwww)

…well you get the point…

But what does it mean?

It means to Laugh.


the more “w” ‘s the merrier.

Why “w”?

Well, Japanese already use the kanji character “to laugh” (笑) as an emoticon/emoji.

笑い=”warai”= (笑), or to laugh.

Back into the early days of online gaming, when games couldn’t accept Japanese characters, early Japanese gamers had to text each other in English…

without knowing English…

They would play games and chat to each other typing Japanese words in the Roman alphabet.

Of course, laughing, or “warai”, was one of the common terms.

As the action sped up, and gamers evolved, they found that they didn’t have time to type “warai” every time…


they shortened “laughing” into “w”.

The English closest equivalent would be “LOL”.

“w” is more a single laugh, but if you want LOL, maybe you need many “w” ‘s  or  “bw” or ”爆笑” literally meaning explosive laugh…

Also, try not to use “www” because many gaming nerds assume it’s your amateur mistake for the world wide web…

I must say however, that “w” is very convenient.


Now you know.

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6 Responses to LOL=wwwwww

  1. Campbell says:

    Thanks for the informative post, I learned a lot from it.

    Just one thing, though – “warai” is not “typing Japanese words in English”.

    I think what you mean is “typing Japanese words in the Roman alphabet”.

  2. admin says:

    Hi, Thanks for the comment! I took your advice and fixed the wording! =)

  3. Fenikkusu says:


  4. yomakun says:

    Warai warai warai warai warai.
    Ok you are right its better write it down this way wwwwwwwwwwwwww.

  5. yomakun says:

    Warai warai warai warai warai.
    Ok you are right its better write it down this way wwwwwwwwwwwwww.
    Or maby warai7x!!!

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