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Jejemon
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Jejemon (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈdʒɛdʒɛmon]) is a pop culture phenomenon in the Philippines. According toUrban Dictionary a Jejemon is a person "who has managed to subvert the English language to the point of incomprehensibility."[1][dead link] The Philippine Daily Inquirer describes Jejemons as a "new breed ofhipster who have developed not only their own language and written text but also their own subculture and fashion."[2] with "-mon" meant as "monster," hence "jeje monsters."[3]

Origins
The origins of short-handed typing was through the short messaging service, in which each text message sent by a cellphone is limited to 160 characters. As a result, an "SMS language" developed in which words were shortened in order to fit the 160-character limit. However, some jejemons are not really "conserving" characters; instead, they are lengthening their message.[4] On April 14, 2010, on a Pinoy Tumblr, a post about vice presidential candidate Jejomar Binay indicated that he was the Jejemon's preferred vice presidential candidate, complete with a fake poster with him called as "Jejemon Binay." Later the use of word jejemon to refer to such people made rounds in various Filipinointernet message boards.[4]
Such short-handed language is not limited to Filipinos: Thais use "5555" to denote "hahahaha," sincethe number 5 in Thai language is pronounced as "ha."[2]

Demographics
The Jejemons are said to be the new jologs, a term used for Filipinos of the lower income class.[1][2]The parameters of being classified as a Jejemon are still unclear, and how the different "levels" of "Jejemonism" are reached,[5] although there are named levels such as "mild," "moderate" and "severe" or "terminal."[6]
[edit]Language
The sociolect of the Jejemons, called Jejenese, is derived from English, Filipino and their code-switched…...

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