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What does 8888888888888 mean?

You may have seen this on some video sites such as Nico Douga as it streams across the screen.
But what does it mean?

It is actually the sign for applause.
The longer the 8’s, the longer the applause.

How did the number 8 come to symbolize applause?

It all has to do with the way you read the number in Japanese.

The number 8 in Japanese is read “hachi.”(はち)

The phonetic sound of clapping hands is pronounced as “pachi.”(パチ)

Thus, a sequence of 8’s like 888888888888 can be read as pachipachipachipachi or applause.

The more 8’s, the longer the applause.

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