The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Laughing Online

Laughing online is an everyday experience.

How often do you go without texting “lol” or “haha” to your friends? Or maybe you’ve received the rare “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA” after you’ve sent an A+ meme to your group chat. (You’re not in a group chat? Maybe you should find some friends!)

After my rooster post, I was thinking about laughter on a global scale; that is, do people laugh the same way online?

The short answer is: no. Well, sort of. But not really.

Wait, what?

Okay, bear with me.

In the good ol’ US of A, we’re prone to laughing in a variety of ways online.

LOL has been demoted to a courtesy. Send anything that’s supposed to be humorous and you’re guaranteed to get some variant of it back. “Haha” is a level higher than “LOL”, but not by much. If you get a “Hahahah” then you know you’re getting somewhere. Anything longer than that and you know that person was really laughing.

Here’s something I found online about the length of your “haha”:

If you get a “LMAOOOOO” back, that means your friend was really laughing their ass off.

Listen, determining who is laughing online isn’t as easy as it sounds, okay?

In Spanish-speaking countries, people laugh using “jaja” — we’ve probably seen this, right?

What you probably don’t know is that in Thailand, people laugh using the number 5.

Wait, what?

Yeah, you read that correctly. In Thai, the number 5 is pronounced “ha”. So 5555 sounds like “hahahaha”.

Laughing is universal, but how we say it online differs in every country
Laughing is universal, but how we say it online differs in every country

Let’s check out how people in other countries laugh.

In Arabic, people use “ههههه”, which sounds like “hahahahaha”.

Danes say “ha ha”, “hi hi”, “hæ hæ”, “ho ho”, and “ti hi”.

The French say “hahaha” or “héhéhé”.

Greeks use “xaxaxa”.

Icelandic laughter reads like “haha”, “hehe”, and “híhí”.

Indonesians use “wkwkwkwk”.

Japanese laugh using “wwww”, and “ふふふ” (“huhuhu”).

In Mandarin, it’s “哈哈哈哈哈” (“hahahahaha”), and “呵呵呵呵呵” (“hehehehehe”).

Norwegians say “hæhæhæ”, and “høhøhø”.

Digital Portuguese laughter reads “hahaha”, “ahahah”, “rá!”, “kkkkk”, and “rsrsrs”. That last one doesn’t make sense to me.

Swedish is very similar to Icelandic laughter: “hahaha”, “hehehe”, and “hihihi”.

Russians use “хахаха” (“hahaha”), “бгггггг” (“bgggg”), “гггггг” (“gggggg”), and “олололо” (“olololo”).

Ukrainian – “бгггггг” (“bhhhh”), “гггггг” (“hhhhhh”)

And Vietnamese type “hihihi” for funny things.

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