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Pearls before Swine for 7/23/2017:

A couple of Generation Z language consultants confirm the accuracy of the translations. Or as one of them put it, "Haha right".


  1. Arthur Baker said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

    For me, the retort would be 'hah', not 'ha'. And it would look better with an exclamation mark. But what would I know? I'm Generation W (the one before Gen X).

    And no, having just woken up, I'm not drunk. Yet.

  2. AntC said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 4:13 pm

    @Arthur B, to me 'hah' would be more like 'aha'(?)

    And 'lol' = 'laugh out loud' (not 'lots of love') is always sarcastic, right?

    Not too sure which generation I am, but probably the one before W.

  3. Daniel Barkalow said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

    Google Translate points out that 1 "ha" is Spanish, 2-4 "ha"s is English, and 5+ "ha"s is Filipino.

  4. Arthur Baker said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

    AntC, I would contend that 'hah' is quite different from 'aha'. In fact the two could arguably be opposites. 'Hah', for me, denotes refutation of falsehood or perhaps a 'well, that serves you right' attitude, while 'aha' denotes newfound understanding of truth.

    Still not drunk, but about to start working on it.

  5. David Marjanović said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

    or (rofl) in Skype chat.

    (I never spell out laughter. Perhaps because I use [ə], not [a].)

  6. Tyler W said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

    I usually think of this guide when I start writing "ha"s – it fits my attitude more accurately than the comic, though I'm on the older end of Millennial:


    (I couldn't find the original source, but found this one in a few different color schemes by searching for "haha length")

  7. Rubrick said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

    My RSS aggregator presented the title of this post as simply "Han". I was expecting a Victor post, and was temporarily confused by the lack of Chinese content.

  8. Rubrick said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

    And more substantively: I think "hee" escapes the "ha" trap fairly well, at least for now. Though if it's truly funny I might go for "*guffaw*". The asterisk is unfortunately not so easy to get to on most phone keyboards.

  9. unekdoud said,

    July 27, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

    Google Translate also tells me that "ha5" is Arabic and "ha^5" is Spanish.

    @Tyler W: In case you haven't seen it, there's also a recent "visual guide" to hi length: https://twitter.com/stuckinaportal/status/837760830850666497

  10. NW said,

    July 28, 2017 @ 3:41 am

    *laughs at comic*

  11. Ed Rorie said,

    July 28, 2017 @ 6:26 am

    I don't use "LOL" but, in my reading experience, it is not sarcastic; it is used to mean "I am laughing."

  12. chips mackinolty said,

    July 28, 2017 @ 7:01 am

    With most languages that use roman lettering, Google translates laughter as Ha Ha Ha Ha, but as I discovered, this is problematic in Italian, as "ha" is the third person singular of "avere", the verb to have. So it is rendered as Ah Ah Ah Ah. See at https://www.instagram.com/p/BWkXfD1gRn9/?taken-by=chipsmackinolty&hl=en

  13. David Scott Marley said,

    July 28, 2017 @ 10:42 am

    The goat's proper response was "lolol".

    Just be sure not to put a period after it. That makes it ironic.

  14. Jim said,

    July 28, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

    Can we get Google Translate to add a language for "American Millennial"? Then we can translate back and forth, and see all the different meaning it comes up with for dozens of "ha"'s strung together

  15. Graeme said,

    July 29, 2017 @ 5:46 am

    I use "hehe" for this reason. To communicate restrained laughter. But I notice others use it conspiratorially.

  16. tangent said,

    July 30, 2017 @ 2:04 am

    Tyler W's guide repeatedly uses a terminal H versus A distinction, which I don't distinguish except in the one case of "hah". Which also is the only H-terminal form I'd ever produce.

    Is "hahah" valid and distinct from "haha" for folks?

  17. DWalker07 said,

    July 31, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

    Some idiot on Facebook has now started (or revived) a campaign to get people to stop using LOL, since it obviously stands for "Lucifer Our Lord". Hah.

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