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Who's that jejemon?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 , Posted by Shan Serilo at 10:12 AM

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In the past, like five years ago, I usually chat on MIRC just to spend sometime to talk with people that I don't know of. Once I have chat a girl who types her "hehe" as "jeje", I got curious so I asked her why she's doing that, she said that it was only a typographical error, though she's always typing in that manner and don't even bother to change it. Some say because it's a style. Others say they just want to be unique. Then I've chat with another girl who's using the shift indefinitely, and if you can notice in the words some letters are missing, others added with one or two.

“Eow p0h!! kAmUstA nAh pOh kAyoH?! Et0h kAy LaNg nAmaN PoHw AkoH! iKaWz??!.”

To her it is just normal and she’s actually aged sixteen at that time so I thought maybe she’s just too young for her age. She said it’s cute and it is like a baby talk in chat. Though to me it feels like when you’re typing the letters you are gasping for air, and probably won’t notice that you’ve run out of air to breathe and then suffocate.

And then another breed has emerged from the shadows. I’ve chat another one and he’s typing like this.

Let’s fly around Mars shall we?

“H3LL0 d3DvxZ! k4WUxt4h k4H n4hxH?! 3tOhXh 0k3yzZ L426xH 24w4Nx 4kOhZ!!?! !k4Mx?!?!”

**Actually, it took me four minutes or so to write that sentence and my nose bleeds so much that I need to go to the kitchen to wash it off…**

Anyway let’s go back to planet Earth … please?

And now, they are all over the internet and even on SMS. It is like an internet craze or fashion and trend that is spreading all-over. They have Facebook fan pages or hate pages and deviant-arts dedicated to them. They do even have their own website now and even a translator. Though they are not like your cute pokemon monsters, that you need to catch and collect, sorry, but they are people like you. Yes, like you. Though they are slightly different from what the people call normal, though still, they are people who have feelings and they need of food, shelter, and clothing like us.

What is really the meaning of jejemon? This is what our friend urbandictionary.com and wikipedia.com has to say.

----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.

---- Jejemon is a pop culture phenomenon in the Philippines. Jejemons are defined by Urban Dictionary as one "who has managed to subvert the English language to the point of incomprehensibility and online lynch squads." A Jejemon is described as a "new breed of hipsters who have developed not only their own language and written text but also their own sub-culture and fashion."

They are like the witches of present time. Hunt them down and eradicate them as what they say these days. But they have feelings too right? They have the right to love and be loved.

To me jejemon people have their own right to freedom of expression. It is like the gay language that gays use these days. But then will it affect our own system of education? I guess not, but if you saw a teacher whose teaching how to write it and encouraging the students to write with it…maybe we need to act on that time and set our priorities a little more higher than the usual. They are people too and they deserve to be treated equally and respectfully.

Let's get on with it and live well. Love and Peace

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