Saturday, December 31, 2011


A caller wanted to know the significance of 3Q, which seems to be rising in popularity. It was new to me, so I started googling. This resulted in stumbling across the blog titled The View From Taiwan. In turn, that sent me to an explanation on the blog EastWestSouthNorth.

If the construct had been invented in English, it would be 10Q. Say that aloud and you’ll notice that it is very close to thank you. 3Q originated in Japan. The number 3 is pronounced san, so it comes out as sankyou, an approximation of thank you.

You’ll find an expanded version (3QOrz) here.

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