I was kidding with friends about them sending me something irrealistic. The written answer I got was:

тока позже!))

with "))" being what I think are the Russian emoticons for lol (without eyes - just the smile). позже is after but in lingvo I didn't find something really helpful in order to translate тока, which is presummably the genitive of ток.

What does тока позже mean?

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    Overusing of "))" is very common in Russia. There is even a joke about it: No smiles @ Serious conversation. Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 7:47
  • My interpretation of that phrase would be close to "yeah right".
    – Tonyk
    Commented Mar 18, 2015 at 18:14

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"Тока" is a (usually intentionally) incorrect spelling of "только", imitating its common pronunciation (similar to "чо" = "что"). "Тока позже" thus means "only later" or "just later". The unmatched parentheses are indeed emoticons (I don't think this form is specific to Russia though).

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    )) is much more prevalent in Russian than elsewhere because to type : on Russian keyboard layout you have to use Shift+6, while on English (US) layout it's Shift+;, which is much easier to type with one hand. So many people don't bother and skip the : when typing in Russian. BTW, that's also why you sometimes see Ж)) instead. Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 19:27
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    @IgorSkochinsky I've always wondered about that, thanks! Although I very much doubt anyone using an English keyboard would write a : with one hand! Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 8:21
  • I do it all the time :) Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 9:20
  • @IgorSkochinsky It's not clear what you mean by 'easier to type with one hand'. Both Shift + ; and Shift + 6 require both hands for typing.
    – UVV
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 8:52
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    @uvv the ';' key is very close to the right shift, so you can easily type ':' with just the right hand. See e.g. here Commented Mar 8, 2015 at 18:32

тока = is translating as = just, (right now), for the record guys, I'm russian )) = middle type smile)


тока позже could be like "but/only later"
да, тока позжеlike yes, but/only later

examples of right form

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