So, is that "fake" funny? Is there any difference beetween "hehe", "haha", "huh", "heh", "hahaha", "ha", and so on and so forth?

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    Haha is not a "phrase." Haha!
    – Kris
    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:51
  • Are you asking about the onomatopoeic words or the utterances?
    – Kris
    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:54
  • To be honest, I don't know. I saw them in forums, YouTube comments, and so on.
    – Roach
    Feb 16, 2015 at 8:28
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    Only when said sarcastically.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 16, 2015 at 12:33
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    "1. haha = I’m acknowledging that you’ve said something you perceive to be funny, though I don’t find it particularly funny myself. 2. haha. = I am weary and loathe to laugh, but here, you have forced it upon me; OR: I hate you. 3. haha! = I am pleasantly surprised to learn you are capable of modest humor." (The 42 Ways To Type Laughter, Defined Katie Heaney, buzzfeed buzzfeed.com/katieheaney/…)
    – Kris
    Feb 16, 2015 at 12:45

3 Answers 3


(AmE) (I assume you mean sounds actually pronounced, rather than sound of genuine laughter, or written.)

Title question: Yes.

Sarcastic? Yes (if said in response to someone else's remark)

Fake funny? Yes, or "just kidding" (if said after one's own remark)

"hehe" - not common, but same as haha

"haha" - see above

" huh" - usually "huh?" means I didn't hear you, or didn't hear you clearly. . what did you SAY?

"heh" - not common, I would take it llike "eh?" as in what did you mean?

"hahaha" - like haha , only more sarcastic, especially if slow

"ha" (usually "hah!") - not even funny, just I don't believe it.

  • Source(s)? Or is that an informed opinion?
    – Kris
    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:51
  • Mere opinion. Feel free to quote sources, or share your differing experiences. I'm sure there's room for a lot of nuance in these. Feb 16, 2015 at 7:54
  • We can use "comments" for opinions.
    – Kris
    Feb 16, 2015 at 7:55
  • Ad comments are for opinions: I would use "tehee" for a somewhat witchy, mischievous giggle. Also, "teheheee"
    – skymningen
    Feb 16, 2015 at 8:04
  • What if I'll write "haha" at the end of my own sentence? Will it genuine laughter?
    – Roach
    Feb 16, 2015 at 8:32

Context, intonation and facial expression are more important than the written form of these utterances.


"huh", "heh" are more indicators of surprise. Such as when as when you realise that some money has been deducted from your bank statement: you may make a sound "huh"?

And "ha" is when you catch someone out. "Ha, so it's you who took my pen!!"

But all the others are just laughter. Nothing fake about them, and no sarcasm at all.

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