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Citizen_Kong  ·  1220 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: "No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark"

No, you don't understand! Those people that leave their homes and in some cases, their families behind, to go on a mortally dangerous journey without a garantee to find better lives - they just want to take your precious culture away from you! /s

lil  ·  1220 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The slash "s" smiley is for irony, right?

_refugee_ says that this: :-$ is irony.

_refugee_  ·  1219 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It literally translates to "end sarcasm." The slash is a coding symbol in HTML (and possibly other languages) commonly used to indicate an end or a stop of something. For instance if I wanted to bold something I would say <b> and then </b>.

I assume reddit helped it evolve although I have seen it around other forums. It would take a programmer, probably, or a math person (/= sometimes is used to mean "does not equal") to be familiar with the use of the slash as such. And I'm sure it started as /sarcasm and went from there.

I thought some context might be interesting.

user-inactivated  ·  1220 days ago  ·  link  ·  

/s is sarcasm, a concept that is constantly missed on the internet and sometimes requires clarification

veen  ·  1220 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Rule 16 of The Internet:

When in doubt,

urbandictionary that shit

lil  ·  1219 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks veen. I was just guessing.