A JEJEMON’S SUICIDE NOTE…


JejeMon Suicide Note  

Jejemon is a pop culture phenomenon in the Philippines. A Jejemon is defined by Urban Dictionary as "who has managed to subvert the English language to the point of incomprehensibility and online lynch squads."[1] 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."[2]

Language Origins
"Jejemon" is a word/letter improviser some were originated on "Grammatical Havoc" or "Leet Speak", that some user couldn’t understand the word/letter, so annoying that they called it "Jejemon". Most user usually use the moderate one that is easy to use, and others misled the true meaning of "Jejemon".

Etymology
The word "Jejemon" either supposedly originated from online users’ penchant to type in "hehehe" as "jejeje", supposedly because the letters "h" and "j" are beside each other,[1] or that "Jeje" is derived from Spanish, whose speakers denote the interjection as laughter, and that it is appended by "-mon" that came from the Japanese animé Pokémon.[3]

Origins
The origins of short-handed typing was through the short messaging service, in which each text message is limited to 160 characters. As a result, an "SMS language" developed in which words were shortened in order to fit the 160-character limit.

In the internet, the Jejemon phenomenon started in "early April." On April 14, 2010 at Pinoy Tumblr, a post about vice presidential candidate Jejomar Binay indicating that he was the Jejemon’s preferred vice presidential candidate, complete with a fake poster with him called as "Jejemon Binay." Later the use of word "Jejemon" to refer such people made rounds in various Filipino internet message boards.[3]

Such short-handed language is not limited to Filipinos: Thais use "5555" to denote "hahahaha," since the number 5 in Thai language translate to "ha."[2]

The Jejemons are said to be the new "jologs", a term used for Filipinos of the lower income class.[1][2]

Reaction
Initial reaction to the Jejemons is irritation and bewilderment. Jejemons are likely to encounter hate; some had seen their Facebook wall with people wishing their death. Several Facebook fan pages were created both in support and against the group. However, celebrities such as Rico Blanco, Alessandra de Rossi and Ces Drilon have condemned the wholesale ridicule of the group.[3]

YouTube videos were also uploaded parodying the Jejemons, connecting them to the current election campaign.

The phenomenon has merited news reports in GMA’s Saksi[4] and 24 Oras.[5]

True and False Meaning
Some false meaning of "Jejemon".

False
1. "Jejemon" are only for Low-Class People.
2. "Jejemon" are Low in IQ.

True
1. Anyone can become "Jejemon", just by using these improvise word/letter.
2. "Jejemons" are not low in IQ in fact they’re using their mind just how to scramble those word/letter in fast pace, but not recommended (Can affect your writing skills abnormally).

References
1.^ a b c "Jejemon in the Philippines". CNET Asia.
2.^ a b c "Jejemons: The new ‘jologs’". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
3.^ a b c "How do you solve a problem like the Jejemons?". The Manila Bulletin.
4.^ "Saksi: Jejemon invasion!". GMANews.tv.
5.^ "The jejemon phenomenon: What do language experts say?". GMANews.tv.

From WikipediaJejemon