What Does 'Jaja' Mean? Your Guide to Online Slang

Here's a quick guide to Spanish online slang.

ByABC News
March 20, 2013, 3:09 PM

March 25, 2013— -- intro: Online slang changes all the time, and it's even harder to keep up with if you find yourself typing in English, Spanish, AND Spanglish. Luckily, we have our good friend (well, frenemy) Awkward Chatbot around to help us explain a few basics.

Consider this your Online Jargon Primer: Spanglish Edition.

quicklist: 1title: OMDtext: If you see these three letters together in your Spanish speaking friends' Twitter feed, the chances are they're NOT referring to the gigantic ad agency. OMD is like OMG, basically translating into "O Mi Dios".

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quicklist: 2title: Jajajaja text: Although the h and j are close together on your keyboard (we know you're looking), jajaja is definitely not a typo. It basically means the person is laughing in Spanish. BUT, don't be mistaken and read it out loud as yayaya, make sure you have strong j's. The best way to laugh.


quicklist: 3title: Ai/Aytext: You bang your pinky toe against the coffee table? You're going to be yelling (and possibly typing) "AIIIIIII," which most definitetly will be followed by...

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quicklist: 4title: Nyooo! text: You know how you always learn bad words in foreign languages first? Well, here's a sanitized version of ño, which is a sanitized version of.... another word, which is totally PG-13.

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quicklist: 5title: Replacing "C's"/"Q's" with "K's" (i.e. "Kalle, Kiero") text: This trend is slowly killing the Spanish language. The replacement is simply due to a) laziness b) saving space for longer messages. Will make parents cringe, for sure.

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quicklist: 6title: Ola k ase?text: The proper spelling would be "Hola que haces?" which translates to "Hi, how're you doing?" However, it was cannibalized by text messages and Twitter into this ugly - yet popular - saying that knows no international borders. The Twitter account @OlaKAseTu was created on November 11th, 2012 and has amassed over 230,000 followers since.

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