What it takes to be a JEJEMON

27 Apr

VICE GANDA and jejemons, atrtist jejemons, shobiz jejemons

Viceganda calls them "text-timangs" who useexcessive letters in texting.

Social Media is really affecting our language today. From the word BV, GG and Imba, this time, JEJEMON is bringing in heavy traffic to urban Dictionary.com. No one wants to be left behind with the “new” thing and no wonder that news and updates about jejemon is one of the top 10 searches in Yahoo Philippines lately.

You’ve probably seen this word from forums, your friends Facebook status or the pages that they like. Most of them suggest hate, insults, opposition and even death-threats to this so called JEJEMONS. It’s not the new sequel of pokemon, they are just called JEJEMONS by JEJEHATERS or JEJEBUSTERS.

Urbandictionary.com defines them as individuals with low IQs who spread around their idiocy on the web by tYpFing LyK diZS jejejeje, making all people viewing their profile raise their eyebrows out of annoyance. And normal people needs a Bachelor of Arts in Jejetyping before you can decypher their message.

news about jejemons inquirer

I agree with Inquirer's most read article, people brand them as the Jologs of the online and texting Generaton


1. MILD –eOw pU. mxTah pOeh.
2. MODERATE – wOw pfow nah m1sZ pfOu qtaH. Mwahxx!
3. SEVERE – 3ow Po3w! anoh poeh gWa U? Txt na Lhern poe6h za giZing pFa!!
4. TERMINAL –3ow poeg. m3n4 p!poL! nUa m1Xz ko pHoU k3o!

Where did it originate?

While its origin is still unknown, i think jeje-typing is from LEET. Wikipedia shows that  Leet is an alternative alphabet for the English language that is used primarily on the Internet. They substitute American Standard Code for Information Interchange characters with Latin characters LATINATE (Also known as Roman). The leet alphabet for them is a specialized form of symbolic writing.

During the 1980s, a theory states that it was used to  defeat text filters created by  Bulletin Board System (BBS) — A console version of  Facebook during the 19th Century– for message boards to discourage the discussion of forbidden topics, like ‘porn, cracking and hacking’.  For example,  Pr0n is slang for pornography.  With no codes filtering their topic, they are free to upload and download software and data, read news and bulletins, and exchange mails with other users


A BMS prototype from jeremymorgan.com

Signs of being a JEJEMON



2. Wearing a jeje-hat


3. People start to talk about you and share your jeje-photos online.



GMANEWS’ SAKSI even features them. It’s really becoming viral

Should we be a JEJEBUSTER?

With immortal-txt, unli-txt and astig-txt, I wonder not that the Philippines gained the title as the “Texting Capital of the World” with One BILLION text messages sent daily. In a country where looking for Computer Cafes are as common with looking for a loading station, yes we are also  the number 1 consumer of Social Media (16 to 64 age group). The fore casted 30%(28M) of our population to be online by 2010 is possible.  There are thousands of words to type here to show the facts that we are indeed the Online Generation and it would only take a second for you to agree. Right?

Now. What should we do about them? Should we  like the jeje-buster page? Should we send  mocking text messages to our friends about them?  You say it’s just for fun? Now i’ll ask you, “Does it make them (jejemons) happy?”

Let me use an idiomatic expression that i learned during 4th grade.  “Put yourself in other’s shoes“.  What if you were in their condition, your siblings are branded as Jejemon. What would you need? Compassion or insults? Perhaps the reason they choose to isolate themselves is because you choose to talk and laugh about them instead of welcoming them.

The manual of life says, we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God.  According to Miriam-Webster, “We” means I and the rest of a group that includes me, all of us. They are people who seeks their identity and calling them a jejemon makes them inferior and not confident.

Are you perfect enough to call them  JEJEMONS?

think again.

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6 Responses to “What it takes to be a JEJEMON”

  1. Dosha July 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Well, it’s okay to use short cuts and all. BUT, spelling wrong words on purpose which sometimes results with readers not understanding anything? That’s just low. Those jejemons should know they’re limitations, and NOT misspell words on purpose. REMEMBER, there are some jejemons who do this popular phenomenon just to be “in trend” or for the sake of annoying people.

    TRUE, sending them insults and all is not right…. but the way some jejemons make people confused on purpose ain’t right either. If they want respect, they should act like they deserve it.

  2. arlucy July 28, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    eow phoew

    • Niko August 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

      Hi there!
      Salamat sa comment :>

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