Korean Edit

Etymology Edit

Onomatopoeic. Compare e.g. Portuguese kkk and Japanese けけけ (kekeke).

Pronunciation Edit

Revised Romanization?keukeukeu
Revised Romanization (translit.)?keukeukeu
Yale Romanization?khu.khu.khu

Interjection Edit

ㅋㅋㅋ (kkk)

  1. (Internet slang, text messaging) haha, lol (non-dismissive)
    Synonym: ㅎㅎ (hh)

Usage notes Edit

  • ㅋㅋㅋ has a somewhat more blunt tone than ㅎㅎ.
  • ㅎㅎ is more likely to be included "just for the sake of it" or to make the tone more friendly, whereas ㅋㅋㅋ is more likely to represent actual laughter.
  • A single is usually dismissive.
  • The more is repeated (e.g. ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ), the more likely it is to represent actual laughter rather than simply being added for the sake of it.

Related terms Edit

Descendants Edit

  • English: kek