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囧 is a Chinese character that is commonly used as an emoticon in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. However, it is also used by non-Chinese speaking countries as well, especially in Korea and Japan. Because it resembles a person with an open mouth, it is used to convey distress, helplessness, disappointment, reluctancy, shock, dislike, defeat, embarrassment, and the like.
The original meaning of 囧 is “window,” and is pronounced jiŏng or jiong3 (Pinyin) in Mandarin Chinese, but is rarely used in this context anymore.
囧 can be used in a variety of ways:
Noun: I want you to give me a 囧。
Verb: When I heard the terrible story, I 囧。
Adjective: You are so 囧。
囧rz – 囧 used as a popular replacement for the “head” in orz.
囧gg – Because “gg” is widely used as an abbreviation for “good game,” 囧gg is way of showing that you lost. Badly.
- 囧囧天地論壇: – 99world forum
- 囧片王 – video.ofeva.com
- Intel 囧 – Part of a marketing campaign allowing users to talk about their personal “囧” situations.
A community of 囧 people. It is also well known for making comedic 囧 videos. A few examples:
Myolie Wu (胡杏兒)
Myolie Wu is an actress sometimes called 囧囧」 because of her amazing facial expressions.
囧 references outside the internet
The following is very incomplete list:
- Orz Boys
The film, Orz Boys uses 囧 in one of its movie posters, and was released in 2008.
- Li Ning 囧 Sports Shoes
Li Ning has a popular series of 囧 shoes, which are sometime described as “Very 囧 Very Powerful,” a reference to Very Good Very Powerful.
- Kimberly Clark’s Kotex
The show, 尖子攻略, features a scene where a student needs to write a 600 word essay, and resorts to writing “orz” and “囧.”
TVB also has an upcoming show called 囧探查過界.
- 囧 About Sex
《爸媽囧很大》 is an ongoing television series that talks about sex education and other controversial sex-related topics.
- Lost on Journey
Lost on Journey (Chinese: 人在囧途) is a 2010 movie featuring popular basketball player, Ma Jian (now retired).
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