Just read a Tweet from a friend, a segment producer in a magazine show, saying that they will be doing a story on Jejemons.
I’ve been hearing this word for quite sometime now, especially in Facebook. It’s only today that I consulted my friend Google on what a Jejemon is.
#1 search result was from UrbanDictionary.com, which defined Jejemon as:
1) Usually seen around social networking sites such as Friendster and Multiply, jejemons are individuals with low IQs who spread around their idiocy on the web by tYpFing LyK diZS jejejeje, making all people viewing their profile raise their eyebrows out of annoyance. Normal people like you and me must take a Bachelor of Arts in Jejetyping in order to understand said individuals, as deciphering their text would cause a lot of frustration and hair pulling.
CAUTION: THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE BREEDING! THEY CAN BE SEEN WRECKING GRAMMATICAL HAVOC ON FACEBOOK TOO!
2) Jejemons are not just confined to trying-hard Filipino gangsters and emos. A Jejemon can also include a variety of Latino-Hispanic fags who enjoy typing “jejejejeje” in a wider context, much to the disdain of their opponents in an internet MMORPG game such as Ragnarok and DOTA.
On AIM or YM:
miSzMaldiTahh111: EoW pFuOh!
miszMaldiTahh111: i LLyK tO knOw moR3 bOut u, PwfoH. crE 2 t3ll mE yur N@me? jejejejeje!
You: You are a jejemon! Don’t talk to me, you uneducated retard!
So that’s a Jejemon. Never knew they were called such.
I think, though, that it should have not included Latin Americans using “jejeje” in text or chat. If you know the Spanish alphabet, the letter “J” is pronounced as “h” and the letter “H” is silent (as in “hijo” is pronounced as “iho”). It makes sense.
But there’s a difference if you type with too much sticky caps, the incessant use of the Shift key, and letters replaced by numbers.
It’s not the first time I’ve encountered one. Heck, even my brother texts like this. I go, “what the f–k?!” and my head aches at the same time.
The next search results from Google revealed a lot of disdain for Jejemons, mostly through a Facebook fanpage called GOTTA KILL ‘EM ALL JEJEMON.
While it irritates me to see messages written like that in text or on the Internet, I won’t go as far as to say that I hate them. Actually I find them funny, something to amuse myself with if I’m feeling down.
Truth to tell, I think that this is just a fad, something that will cease to exist in the years to come. I think so primarily because of the fact that most people considered Jejemons today are the young ones, those who are still discovering their true identities. Recall that once in your younger days you also were into fads, whatever your social or educational status may be, and people in their late 20s and early 30s were looking at you condescendingly. It’s just that now you’re in the other side of the fence, so to speak.
(And I think they will soon cease to exist when the Philippine education would level up their standards. Wishful thinking?)
Others equate Jejemons to jologs. But admit it, there’s always a jologs side to you. It’s what makes you Pinoy. Hating Jejemons is like hating a part of you. So I say, stop hating.
Besides, without them there will be no interesting subjects for conversations.
It’s their thing. And as the Pinoy saying goes, “walang basagan ng trip.”
EDIT at 04/22: I guess I was just surprised at the Blog Stats this morning. Clicks for this post has reached 80 as of this writing (and that’s a lot, considering I don’t do SEO on this blog). And I’m on the 2nd results page in Google for the keyword “jejemon”. Interesting…