Ever since TikTok's massive popularity in 2020, a ton of content and challenges have grown viral on the short-video sharing app, which often includes dance challenges, dress-ups, and more--including mysterious and scary contents that are often newfound glitches in the app or part of alternate reality games (ARGs).
TikTok 'Ririri' Mystery
However, there is one mystery that is gaining attention all over TikTok recently wherein people type seemingly gibberish words such as "ririri" and find out how the app translates it--and based on the viral videos, it seems like TikTok is interpreting the word into unsettling and often "scary" translations.
As it turns out, people can comment on any variation of the word "ririri" on a post and then long-press it until a window pop up appears, prompting the app to translate what you've entered.
The results differ every time, but most of them are a mix of something strange and/or creepy.
The TikTok user's video grew viral, and as expected, most of the comments on the video were different variations of "ririri" and the translations they got.
TikTok's Ominous Translations
Here are some of the most unsettling interpretations, according to the users:
- It's just a matter of time. It cries. It stands. It's over. This is the next level.
- This is the true story.
- Which is the most important thing? This is the next full day. This is the second full day, where is it?
- This is the second time. Crying? What is the true meaning of life? It's all about you.
- It cries out.
- Suffering. Suffering. Suffering. Suffering. It's all right.
Of course, some users have begun sharing their own theories as to what's happening behind the scenes, with one saying it might be a "military code for when something isn't OK" and that people should not freak out.
@whoaanellyy Comment some version of riri riri ririri and then press and hold to translate... #Welcome2021 #scarystuff #conspiracy #criptic #hiddenmessages ♬ original sound - Whoaanellyy
Some tried to joke about what seems to be a creepy TikTok mystery by asking if the users are all trying to "summon Rihanna," pertaining to the singer's nickname, Riri.
What Does TikTok Ririri Mean?
But what does Google Translate have to say?
According to the news outlet, the word "ririri" is often translated by Google's tool as Maori, one of the endangered languages that are spoken by the indigenous tribe Maori who live in New Zealand.
Digging further into the word's Maori background, it seems like the word "riri" is described as "the expressions of anger, rage, fury, annoyance and the like," according to the Maori dictionary, so some people believe that the translations were simply a glitch from TikTok, which dramatizes the translations based on its Maori meaning.
The word can also be translated into Xhosa or Shona, which is one of native the languages of Zimbabwe in South Africa.
Although @whoanelly's video about the "ririri" trend was just posted three days ago as of writing, it appears that the trend has been around since December of 2020, with Droid Harvest trying to bring light into the creepy translations.
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Written by: Nhx Tingson