Friday, December 1, 2017

うp - Meaning in Japanese

In Japanese, うp is an internet slang meaning "upload."( This weird mixture of Japanese and Latin characters occur because typing up in the computer converts the u romaji to the ukana, but there's no kana that's only the p consonant, so it becomes うp.

名無しさん@おーぷん。 本気ですか?顔!うp!!
Anime: Inuyashiki いぬやしき (Episode 6)


This internet slang is used by people who upload videos on Nico Nico, or art on Pixiv, or their images or image boards, or boards that aren't even actually image boards. An example:

本人ですか?顔!うp!! 名無しさん@おーぷん 殺してみるバァーーーーーーーーッカ wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 警察ここ見てるー? おいコラ 殺人鬼 はよ自首しろ クソガキが にちゃんねる 終了ーーwwwwwwwwwww
Anime: Inuyashiki いぬやしき (Episode 6)
  • Context: a well-known murderer tells an anonymous bulletin board that he's gonna kill everyone in that thread.
  • hon'nin desu ka? kao! up!!
    Are [you] [the murderer himself]? [Your] face! Upload it!
    • hon'nin - the person themselves, as opposed to someone speaking in their behalf.
  • nanashi-san atto oopun
    Anon @ open.
    • Open probably refers to open 2 channel, おーぷん2ちゃんねる, a bulletin board based on 2ch.
    • The incrementing numbers 193, 194, 195, 197, 197, and so on at the left side of each response is the identifier used to cite what a previous user posted.
    • The 2017/11/×× is the date. Japan uses a year-month-day date format. The ×× where the day would go is a placeholder used in fiction in places where a specific name or number isn't necessary. See , ×, and for details.
    • tsuchi 土, "dirt," inside parentheses next to the date refers to the weekday: doyoubi 曜日, "saturday."
  • koroshite-miru baaaaaaaaaakka
    Try killing [me], stuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuupid.
  • wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    *laughs anonymously.*
  • keisatsu koko miteruu?
    Police, are [you] seeing [this]?
  • oi kora, satsujinki, hayo jishu shiro
    おいコラ 殺人鬼 はよ自首しろ
    Hey, murderer, go surrender yourself already.
    • hayo - synonymous with hayaku 早く, "quickly."
  • kuso-gaki ga
    [You brat].
  • nichan'neru shuuryouuu wwwwwwwwwww
    にちゃんねる 終了ーーwwwwwwwwwww
    2channel is finisheeed, lolololololololololol.

The following katakana words are synonyms:

  • appuroodo
  • appu
    Up. Upload.
  • appu suru
    To upload.
    (suru verb.)
  • appu shita


The word for upload, アップ, is read appu, and pronounced like English's "up," so is うp pronounced the same way? Not exactly.

It can be read as apu あぷ, or appu あっぷ.

But it can also be read as upu うぷ( or uppu うっぷ, then it's pronounced more like "oops!"

And it can even be read as upi うぴ or uppi うっぴ too, this one's because the name of the letter P in Japanese is pii ピー, pronounced "pee."

It's an internet slang, so trying to pronounce it is like trying to pronounce GIF right.


A word based on this うp is upu-nushi うp主. The word nushi 主 means "lord" or "owner," so upu-nushi うp主 would be the owner of the upu うp, in other words, the:

  • appuroodaa
  • upuroda
    (same meaning.)

Note that aruji 主 and shu 主 are other readings for the same kanji, so upu-aruij うp主 and upu-shu うp主 are other ways people may read this word, and of course, the api, upi variations, too.

See also: goshujinsama ご主人さま.

あp, あp主

Since some people pronounce it appu instead of upu, sometimes you see it written as apu あp and apu-nushi あp主 instead of upu うp and upu-nushi うp主.


As the ancient proverbs foretold: what goes up goes down. Therefore, the following words also exist:

  • daun
  • daunroodo
    (same meaning.)
  • daunroodaa

And then there are the slangs どwn, "download," and どwn主, "downloader," which I hear they exist, but I haven't found if they are read differently (doun?), and I assume they aren't used as much because the uploader is one infinite times more important than the downloader.


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