Topics: Filipino language, Grammar, Emily Dickinson Pages: 6 (1807 words) Published: November 24, 2010
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Dedlayn ay sa Setyembre 29 oras ng klase.


Sir Joel

We are all jejemons
GMANews.TV - Monday, June 7

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BEFORE accusing the nearest person to you as jejemon, examine yourself first because you might be the proverbial pot calling the kettle black. Look at the `message sent' folder of your mobile phone. Do you shorten "to" into "2," "for" into "4," "okay" into "K," "thank you" into "thanx," and "and" into "n?" Do you use "hehehe," "hihihi," "hahaha," and "huhuhu" to indicate smile, giggle, laughter, and crying respectively? OMG, you are a jejemon too!

I first heard the word "jejemon" last April when I sat as panelist in the IYAS Creative Writing Workshop of La Salle-Bacolod. An 18-year old writing fellow for fiction from Ateneo de Manila tried to explain the word to me. He said it came from "jejeje" which is a variation of "hehehe" used in text messages to indicate an embarrassed smile. Nothing wrong there, I thought. The Spanish "jejeje" is really pronounced as "hehehe." That is why we have words like "hepe" (chief of police) from the original "jefe" and "hamon" (ham) which is actually "jamon" in Spanish.

The has this very negative meaning of jejemon: "1. Usually seen around social networking sites such as Friendster and Multiply, jejemons are 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. Normal people like you and me must take a Bachelor of Arts in Jejetyping in order to understand said individuals, as deciphering their text would cause a lot of frustration and hair pulling. CAUTION: THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE BREEDING! THEY CAN BE SEEN WRECKING GRAMMATICAL HAVOC ON FACEBOOK TOO!"

What I don't like about this definition is that it reeks of malice and bigotry against individuals who are different from others. There's also a definition number 2, but I refuse to quote it because it is very racist and homophobic, practically labeling jejemons as idiots. My feeling is, if you need to get another bachelor's degree and you are always frustrated when you read jejemon text, maybe it is the reader who is really the idiot here?

For the sake of discussion (actually, it's the academician in me) let us define some jejemon terminologies according to

* A jejebuster is a grammar vigilante, typically Filipino, dedicating his Internet life towards the eradication of jejetyping and jejemon existence.

* A jejemonster is a person who writes and types words in a different form or style.

* Jejetyping is: 1. A form of typing used by jejemons to communicate with one another 2. One way of abusing your computer keyboard's Caps Lock and Shift buttons 3. One way of butchering the Filipino language by typing in unnecessary letters in Filipino words and typing them in a way that only jejemons can.

* Jejenese is the language used by the jejemons and jejemonster.

* And a grammar Nazi is a person who uses proper grammar at all times, especially online in emails, chat rooms, instant messages and web board posts; in other words, a proponent of grammatical correctness and often, one who spells correctly as well. A grammar Nazi is a very close ally of the jejebuster.

Poet Roberto T. Añonuevo, a Palanca Hall of Famer, has this alternative reading of the jejemon phenomenon: for him, jejemon is an anti-establishment movement. It was invented in order to subvert the power of authority. It developed into a sub-culture in order for a group of people to fight the dominant class by creating a new language which is really a code, he says.

A subversive movement by whom? According to him, by spammers and hackers—all IT experts—who want to control...
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