I often see rsrsrs in emails or on the internet. From context, I'm guessing it should mean something like "lol", which is thought to be an acronym of "laughing out loud". But I'm not sure whether rs is an acronym or an abbreviation (maybe of some form of the verb rir), or simply intended to represent the sound of someone laughing or something else entirely.

So, what's the meaning and origin of rsrsrs?

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The "rs" commonly seen in conversations throughout the internet, is an abbreviation of "risos" (laughs).
Depending on how a person pronounces it, it can also sound like a laughing (quite weird, but sounds like one...). Just like "kkkk", "hahaha", and so on.

Just note however that "rsrs" isn't used in Portugal. There, the most common internet laughings are "hahaha" and the recent "kkkk".

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    Em Portugal não se usa rsrsrs. – Jorge B. Jul 16 '15 at 9:52
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    @JorgeB. nem apsokaposkaposk tambem. :) – LucasMotta Jul 16 '15 at 10:14
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    Aqui usa-se o "ahahahah" agora recentemente o "kkkkk" vindo do Brasil... – Jorge B. Jul 16 '15 at 10:33
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    @BrunoLopes "haushaushaush" não usamos e até me custa a escrever, tenho de olha para o teclado :D – Jorge B. Jul 16 '15 at 10:49
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    @JorgeB. Então, basicamente, em Portugal as únicas risadas são "haha" e o recente "kkkk"? Nuss, nunca imaginei que nós brasileiros tivéssemos tanta criatividade pra inventar risadas.. XD – Bruno Lopes Jul 16 '15 at 10:54

As a brazilian, I never imagined "rs" to be an abbreviation of "risos".

As far as I know, "rs" is supposed to represent the sound of a rather goofy laughter. It has an effect very similar to "hihihi" - except "hihihi" seems/sounds too feminine, while "rsrsrs" seems/sounds gender neutral. Both are very teenagery.

Imagine you hold back your laughter a bit, like you're going to "hihihi" but instead you hiss at each "rs" - basically just change the "i" from "hihihi" to "s" and there you go, that's the sound.

Sometimes it can be used as rather timid laughter. I use it as a silly laughter with my friends.

  • Brazilian is spelt with a capital letter. – Lambie Jun 30 at 15:23
  • Alright, like this then? – Jacinto Jul 3 at 6:30

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