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A Jejemon (tl: /ˈdʒɛdʒɛmon/) is a type of person in the Philippines who makes the English language hard to read. The Philippine Daily Inquirer call them different but happy because of their language and clothes.
The word Jejemon came from people who like to write "hehehe" as "jejeje" because "jeje" is Spanish for hehe due to the sound J makes in Spanish. "-Mon" is added at the end. This is from the Japanese anime Pokémon. "-Mon" means "monster." They are "jeje-monsters."
Jejemons started to appear because of cellphones. Cellphones can only use 160 characters so people who use them write shorter words to save space. Jejemons don't want this so they made their words longer. Most Jejemons are poor.
People who are Jejemons are described based on levels. These are "mild," "moderate", "severe", or "terminal."
Jejenese and Jejebet
Jejemons speak Jejenese based on Taglish and Englog. Their alphabet, Jejebet, is based on Leet. Words are created by mixing letters in a word, mixed large and small letters, using the letters H, X or Z many times, and mixing of numbers in words. The spelling is the same as Leetspeak.
|I would like to know more about you, care to tell me your name? Hehehehe!||Nais kitang makilala, maaari mo bang masabi sa akin ang iyong pangalan? Hahaha!||i wuD LLyK tO knOw moR3 bOut u. crE 2 t3ll mE yur N@me? jejejejeje!|
|Hello, how are you?||Maligayang bati po, kamusta na?||3ow ph0w, mUsZtAh nA?|
|I miss you!||Sabik na kitang makita!||iMiszqcKyuH!|
|Hello.||Maligayang bati po.||eEoWpFhUeEhsxz.|
|I love you.||Mahal kita.||lAbqCkyOuHh.|
|How are you?||Kamusta?||uZtaH?|
|po (for politeness)||pfHoE|
|po (same as above)||ph0w|
|hehehe (smart laughter)||jeJejE|
Facebook fan pages were made in support and against the group. Celebrities have condemned some attacks. Jejebusters were created to fight jejetyping and jejemons. The Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd) discourages students from using Jejemon spelling and grammar.
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- Tagalog "The jejemon phenomenon: What do language experts say?". GMANews.tv. 2010-04-29. http://www.gmanews.tv/largevideo/latest/59213/the-jejemon-phenomenon-what-do-language-experts-say. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- "Lourd de Veyra: Attack, Jejemons, Attack!". spot.ph. 29 April 2010. http://www.spot.ph/2010/04/29/lourd-de-veyra-attack-jejemons-attack/. Retrieved May 11, 2010.
- "'DepEd seeks to purge schools of ‘jejemon’ mentality". GMANews.tv. 2010-05-22. http://www.gmanews.tv/story/191566/deped-seeks-to-purge-schools-of-jejemon-mentality. Retrieved 2010-05-25.