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The Jejemon fad

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.

3) Basically anyone with a low tolerance in correct punctuation, syntax and grammar. Jejemons are usually hated or hunted down by Jejebusters or the grammar nazi to eradicate their grammatical ways.

On AIM or YM:

miSzMaldiTahh111: EoW pFuOh!

You: Huh?

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!

miszMaldiTahh111: T_T

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.”

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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…

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  1. rj's mama

    so that’s what they’re called, now i know 😀

    good thing my friends are “older” than the “jejemon” generation 🙂

    sis, i’m inviting you to join a BLOG PARTY. would really appreciate if you can follow and host a party one of these days 🙂

    21 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      thanks for the invite, sis. i’ve already submitted my details and posted your badge. hope to join the party soon. 🙂

      21 . Apr . 2010
  2. Mayet

    aha! I didn’t know that they are classify as such. My pamangkins send me msgs which sometimes make me pull my hair out. It’s frustrating. I even asked one of them to type the letters well 🙂 anyway, when I was in high school we used to write msgs in reverse.

    thanks for this interesting info!

    21 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      yeah, i didn’t know either. i just kept on hearing it on facebook and there have been video spoofs of it on youtube. and true, it really annoys me when i read messages written in that manner. thanks for dropping by!

      21 . Apr . 2010
  3. Kris

    It’s funny – i read a post earlier this evening from one of my FB friends calling someone “jejemon” and I was like – wtf is that? Now I know. 😛

    21 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      … and knowing is half the battle. 😛

      22 . Apr . 2010
  4. Jejemon Binay

    I’m no grammar nazi, I’m all for net lingo but really Jejemons are just plain annoying. I hate to be on the receiving end of these randomly capslocked messages- online or thru mobile. One presidentiable jokingly says he will send all jejemons back to school. But most jejemons I know are teens who love text speak & chat, and old people & luddites struggling to use their cellphones. Well the Jejemons are here to stay though!

    22 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      true, I even resort to textspeak if i wanted to cramp a long message in one go. but not like what they do, it is very irritating, you can’t even understand what they wanted to say.

      ay, i know that presidentiable! hahaha! saw the photo and almost posted it here, too. i just don’t know if it’s photoshopped or someone gave it to him and he didn’t know what a jejemon was.

      22 . Apr . 2010
  5. shekulet

    why do I feel this new craze is going to be on the world news soon… or on one of the late night talk show in US.

    22 . Apr . 2010
  6. jenie=)

    first time i’ve heard of this…and i say “o-kay”! and then the usual “ang pinoy talaga daming naiisip!” 😉

    wish you’ll visit
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    life round meNyou
    heartQUAKES

    23 . Apr . 2010
  7. McLaren

    Did you see today’s Philstar? They featured Gibo Teodoro in the SUPREME Section, holding a paper with this “inscription” Pababalikin ko An mga Jejemon sa Elementarya. Hehe.

    24 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      yeah, i saw that photo, too. all smiles. he probably didn’t know what a jejemon was. 😛 thanks for dropping by.

      26 . Apr . 2010
  8. Miss Guimba - Third World Minimalist

    Lol! I was wondering what a jejemon was until I saw this post. Congratulations on coming on 2nd for the jejemon search! I got my first hate comment myself. Interesting…

    24 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      oh, was that the anonymous comment on your “third world minimalist” post? i find it funny that people who leave hate comments on blog hide under the name “anonymous.” hehehe!

      26 . Apr . 2010
      • Miss Guimba - Third World Minimalist

        yeah! I was tickled pink. The same way my friends in journ love getting a libel case for the first time. lol!

        26 . Apr . 2010
        • moonchild117

          the mark of a true journalist: a libel case. hahaha! hope “anonymous” isn’t giving you much of a headache. 🙂

          27 . Apr . 2010
  9. maying

    aha!so that’s what Jejemon means!
    now I know! nice post sis, very informative!BTW, added you up on my new blog, hope you could link me up too!

    regards,

    24 . Apr . 2010
  10. Yam Yam

    hahaha… wikipedia has it already… it also annoys me to be the receiving end of these types of messages… good thing my nephews and nieces don’t, otherwise, they’ll get an earful from me!

    26 . Apr . 2010
  11. Yam Yam

    hahaha… Wikipedia has a page about it already… good thing my nephews and nieces don’t send me messages with this format, otherwise they’ll get an earful from me!

    26 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      wow, gotta check wikipedia, too. thanks for that bit!

      27 . Apr . 2010
  12. nvtellan

    So that is the meaning of ‘jejemon’. First time I heard it from Vice Ganda while watching showtime.
    At first I thought Vice was referring to those people who typed “jejeje” instead of “hehehe”.. didn’t know it also covers a much wider context. hehe

    27 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      yeah, it also covers fashion. i think there’s still a lot to it, i think it’s already a subculture.

      27 . Apr . 2010
  13. Yam Yam

    i’d rather receive messages in Leet format than Jejemon format… much more creative :p

    28 . Apr . 2010
  14. andigirl

    been hearing the word “jejemon” but it’s only now that I got to know the meaning. Then I realized my auntie is also a jejemon. I can’t understand what she’s trying to convey everytime she would text..it goes something like this “ha3x” which means hahaha pala..i’d get crazy trying to decipher every word

    29 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      thanks for dropping by. wow, didn’t think that would also affect even the older generation of texters. amazing.

      30 . Apr . 2010
  15. Pau

    jejemons! haha grabe it is a trend now http://kunganoman.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/6/

    29 . Apr . 2010
    • moonchild117

      that’s so true. read your post as well. good one. 🙂

      30 . Apr . 2010
  16. jeje

    a jejeblog http://jejeje69.blogspot.com/

    08 . May . 2010
    • moonchild117

      in fairness, a real jejemon blog. tried reading it, and my head almost exploded…

      11 . May . 2010
  17. Uzsaku

    In the year 2011, the jejemon fever will be either reaching the whole world or decline, I think. Also the jejemon fad is one of the three crazes that hit the Philippines in the first half of 2010.

    12 . May . 2010
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    17 . May . 2010
  19. zarina rodriguez

    <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>

    bakit lage na lang jejemon ang pinagdidiskitahan ano bang mali sa jejemon eh pareparehas lang namn tayo nag iimprove,,…!!!!

    05 . Jun . 2010
    • moonchild117

      i wouldn’t really call it “pinagdidiskitahan.” it’s just talked about simply because it’s different, it’s unusual, and not all can understand. curious lang, kumbaga. tsaka sumisikat e, naglilipana na. kaya napag-uusapan.

      ano’ng mali sa jejemon? that’s quite a touchy question. may mali nga ba sa isang form of self-expression? depende sa pananaw ng tao. personally, i don’t find it wrong, i just find it irritating, dahil hindi ko maintindihan ang text at hindi ko maintindihan ang rationale sa pagsuot ng trucker cap na nakapatong lang sa ulo.

      hmm… this question merits another post. thanks!

      07 . Jun . 2010
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