Meaning of “orz”? Is it a slang? emoji?



“Orz" was often seen on one of the big bulletin boards in Japan, “2 channel (currently 5 channel)". Recently, it has been used a lot in e-mails, texts, and SNSs.

As for how to read this word, it is okay to read the alphabet as “O-R-Z” as it is, but actually, it is also read as follows.

Shitusitai Zenkutsu(失意体前屈)

This is a letter born from AA (ASCII art: a picture made of letters), and because of that, the name itself does not exist. However, it became a little inconvenient during communication, so various people seem to have given various names.

In general, many people would understand what it means when just hearing “O-R-Z" or “Oozu".

So what does “orz” mean?

What does orz mean? Is that a slang?

This “orz” is not an abbreviation for anything.

It might just be an esoteric word until you know what it means.
But once you have got it, you would say “Oh, I see!"

“O" in “orz" is the head,
“R” is the arm and torso,
“Z” is also the torso, with the legs folded.

In other words, “orz” represents a person with his head on the ground.


Now that you know what it means, you can start seeing it as a person, right? And the meaning is as follows, it represents the state of the body and emotions.

it’s over now···
Prostrate to apologize

In other words, when someone writes this ASCII art, it shows that he / she is disappointed, shocked, depressed, unable to recover, and wants to apologize.

That is the “dogeza(どげざ:土下座)” pose in Japan.
At this point, you see it only like a person, don’t you?

What is the origin of “orz"?

“Orz”, which instantly looks like an abbreviation of some English word, was born in Japan and has recently begun to be used in other countries.

Originally, on a personal news site and community site around 2002, when someone asked a question about the cable, they responded with “_| ̄|○" to represent the cable layout using letters.

Among the people who saw it, it became a topic of “It looks like a human is kneeling”, and it became a topic on another page of the site.

Then it changed to “orz", which is a combination of alphabets because the letters are easy to type. Since 2004, its usage has expanded to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

Example usage of “orz”

These are some examples of this emoticon.

Kinou kanojo ni suppokasareta …. orz.
She stood me out last night … orz.

Benkyo shinakute mo shiten wa daijoubu dato omotte itanoni, dame datta … orz.
I thought I would be all right with the exam without revising, but I was totally wrong … orz

Kongetsu, kinketsu dakara kanojo to de-to dekinai yo … orz.
I can’t have a date with my girlfriend this month as I am skint … orz.

Shuuden ni norikokuta … orz.
I just missed the last train … orz

Kinou, meccha orz na koto ga atte sa …
I had something orz yesterday.

Uchino baito, hito yamesugi orz.
How many people have been leaving my part-time workplace?

Kyou no nomikai ikenai, shigoto isogasisugi de orz dayo.
I can’t go to today’s drinking party my work is too busy which “orz"es me.

Gomen! Renraku suruno wasureteta orz.
(This is used in the sense of apology, but it is a slang, so it is better not to use it for your boss or client)

Other words like “orz"

There are many derivatives of “orz”.
These are some of them.

_| ̄|○ (facing to the right)
○| ̄|_ (facing to the left)
 ̄|_|○ (facing to the right and lying on his back)
○|_| ̄ (facing to the left and lying on his back)

STO (facing to the right)
OTL (facing to the left)
OTZ (facing to the left)

sto szo (facing to the right)
orz (facing to the left)
or2 (facing to the left)

no (facing to the right)
on (facing to the left)
ou (upside down facing to the left)
uo (upside down facing to the right)

“Orz" has a big head,
“Or2" has a big bottom,
and, “prz” has a Regent hairstyle.

Also, someone said that “.org" looked like a person standing and bowing.

A little black joke using “orz"

There is an example of playing with this ASCII art;

A: “I’m sorry, I can’t join the drinking party this evening as I just realized I had a shift tonight….”

B: “Beheaded!
o/rz Supa! (スパッ:slashing sound)
(I’ll leave it to your imagination what has just happened…..)

Yes, it looks a little cruel, but this is an interesting part of ASCII art. You can only send such a joke to someone who understands this kind of humor.