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I see this symbol

+=+

a lot in youtube comments of French vloggers. I'm assuming its short-hand or slang referencing another word. What exactly does it mean?

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It's not so much a slang as sort of an emoticon denoting: "Le positif amène le positif", as opposed to "Le négatif attire le négatif".

Si vous voyez tout en noir, la négativité n'apporte que de la négativité. En revanche, avoir l'esprit positif vous permet d'entrer dans un cercle vertueux, dans une spirale positive, dans laquelle, par exemple, une réussite entraîne une autre, ou encore votre attitude positive déteint sur le monde qui vous entoure.

  • Cool. I'm curious how this observation came to be a byword on French YouTube. What's the pragmatic/social significance of dropping this succinctly worded comment? That is, is it essentially praise, encouragement, or a reaction to something else in a vlog? – Luke Sawczak Aug 14 at 12:51
  • @LukeSawczak Luke, actually, if I came to know this, it's only because I often see my girlfriend use this type of emoticons in her IMs or Instagram posts. I'm pretty sure it's not just a Youtube thing. Anyway, she seems to use it in a context like "Happy me +=+ Happy you", hoping that every little happiness she finds in her daily life rubs off on others. – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens Aug 14 at 14:09
  • So does it seem like a general blessing, not in response to any particular type of event or picture or comment? – Luke Sawczak Aug 14 at 14:25
  • @LukeSawczak Not quite. It can be a response as well; if you feel the same way, you can just send +=+ back. – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens Aug 14 at 14:29

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