The word „Sowwy“ is UwU-speak and is a modified version of the word „sorry“.
What does „Sowwy“ mean? Meaning, definition, explanation
„Sowwy“ has the same meaning as „sorry“.
„Sowwy“ is used to seem cuter, more childlike, innocent and playful. Hence the spelling and pronunciation with the two w. The two w’s replace the two r’s, in the sense that a child would pronounce the word „sorry“ as „sowwy“ because he or she cannot yet pronounce the r’s.
„Sowwy“ finds application in the context of anime, kawaii, UwU, and an UwU girl. Cuteness is a big theme here.
„Sowwy“ is heavily used in text communication and chats.
Partly, however, „sowwy“ is also written in a condescending sense. Here in the sense of „Sowwy, did I hurt your feelings?“
By the way, the hashtag #sowwy has been used over 26 million times on TikTok. (as of March 2023)
The editors can only guess why some people, especially young people, get excited about the word „sowwy.“
„Sowwy“ also has an exclusionary function, of course. Those who understand the word understand it. Those who don’t understand it are left out. This already forms an ingroup.
„Sowwy“ is part of a language of its own among anime and kawaii fans, which serves to form a bond and a community.
Why one chooses to appear childlike can only be guessed. Perhaps there is a certain innocence associated with this cuteness, so that one assumes a more comfortable and familiar role in which one feels safer.
Or maybe the term „sowwy“ just makes you feel happy and carefree as you try out and find your role in this world. Thus, „sowwy“ is simply another blueprint of how one would like to express oneself, beyond established patterns and roles.
„Sowwy“ could also simply be used to get the attention of others. This would make „sowwy“ simply a stylistic device.