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    Hi eveyone,

    I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I happen to see "Thanks J" everywhere, and I get that it is an informal "thank you". I just wonder what does "J" stand for? Is it American or British?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Not British. There is the expression 'Gee thanks' - which in text speak may become 'G thx' (I wouldn't know, but... ) And in French /ʒi:/ and /ʒe/ mean, respectively, J and G . So I guess some confusion could arise... (Can anyone hear the sound of straws being clutched at? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by tschansey61 View Post
    Hi eveyone,

    I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I happen to see "Thanks J" everywhere, and I get that it is an informal "thank you". I just wonder what does "J" stand for? Is it American or British?

    Thanks a lot.
    Apparently it's the result of some software not being able to reproduce smileys, which become encoded as a J. It means nothing.
    http://rolfje.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/when-j-means/

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    Haha :) Now, I really feel stupid When I googled it, I got some results, so I thought it really existed as a phrase in English

    Thank you all, Thanks J

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    My PC-based Outlook takes :) and makes it into a , but when I send it to my Mac-based colleagues, they get the J as well. The first time someone asked me what that "J" was all about, I was confused too!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    I sent in a chat message and the other person asked what yes meant- it took me a while to work it out.

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