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    I thought it might be interesting to start this again. Today I learned 生粋 (きっすい、 "pure, innocent") from a Japanese friend. Specifically, she used this to describe Japanese guys in relation to American guys, which annoyed me a bit, but sometimes annoyance can be a good study motivator.

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    I really like Japanese puns aka ダジャレ as a method of learning. I haven't heard any news in a years though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by therealwindycity View Post
    I thought it might be interesting to start this again. Today I learned 生粋 (きっすい、 "pure, innocent") from a Japanese friend. Specifically, she used this to describe Japanese guys in relation to American guys, which annoyed me a bit, but sometimes annoyance can be a good study motivator.
    I don't know if it's for the same reason, but it annoys me too! If anything, I think many Japanese men are more sexual than most American guys.

    Today I learned the word mikoshi (御輿/神輿), or that palanquin thing they have at festivals. During festivals where they're "transferring" a deity from one shrine to another, it holds the object in which the god's spirit resides. There are square, hexagonal, and octagonal variations. The curled up corners you sometimes find on these mikoshi are called warabite/warabide (蕨手 - fern hands), since they resemble baby ferns.

    I've been trying to study up on Japanese culture recently (festivals and the like - I've had enough of "Cool Japan") 'cuz I don't know jack squat about it. Yet.

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    I've been reading a "How to Cook for Beginners" book in Japanese lately so I've picked up some new words from that.

    灰汁 [アク] = astringency found in many edible plants (potatoes, bamboo shoots, etc.) that need to be removed prior to eating, seen often in the context of あく抜き ("astringency removal")
    斑 [ムラ] = uneven, used a lot in the book particularly as 焼きムラ ("uneven cooking")
    研ぐ [とぐ] = The verb for washing rice (has other meanings to, like "polish", "hone", or "sharpen")
    加減する [かんげん・する] = to bring out the flavor of a dish by adding ideal amounts of heat, water, or seasoning
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    One of my teachers is from Yokohama, and she introduced us inaka folks to the word トッポイ (toppoi), which is used to describe those kids who are kind of punks but aren't up to the same level as the yankii kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coop52 View Post
    One of my teachers is from Yokohama, and she introduced us inaka folks to the word トッポイ (toppoi), which is used to describe those kids who are kind of punks but aren't up to the same level as the yankii kids.
    Dahaha! Aww, that's kind of a cute word. I hope you don't have toooo
    many of them! xD

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    申請書 (しんせいしょ) = written application
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    死語 (しご, old catchphrases/slang/words that have died out (apparently KY and 超 are headed this route already))
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    Quote Originally Posted by therealwindycity View Post
    死語 - old catchphrases/slang/words that have died out (apparently KY and 超 are headed this route already)
    Follow your own format dude! Put the hiragana in there
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    Really? Chou is on its way out? What's replacing it? Meccha?

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    Apparently!

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    Today I learned the words:
    Shoseijutsu 処世術 worldly wisdom, secrets to success. As in, "ゆるゆる処世術" (Laid-back/loose secrets to success).

    Hayabike (suru) 早引け(する) To leave school or work early. "僕もお好み焼き食べたい。塾、早引けしていくわ" (from The Manzai by Atsuko Asano)
    Kiriageru 切り上げる to close, finish, round up a value. In this case, It was used to talk about finishing up/ending a lesson/activity early: "ピアノのレッスンを早めに切り上げる"

    I'll find a use for these, eventually. What did you guys learn today?

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    I finally looked up 以降(いこう)today. Means hereafter, from then on etc.

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    男尊女卑
    Respect men, hate women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by letoastingman View Post
    男尊女卑
    Respect men, hate women.
    There's also the opposite, Joson-danpi 女尊男卑. B)
    Oh, you nefarious troll you! You've got Windy's 'stache all wrong, it curls up more at the ends! And look at that left eyebrow! I would like to believe that Windy knows how to pluck evenly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happytime View Post
    I would like to believe that Windy knows how to pluck evenly.
    Only a few posts in, and you already know me so well! <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by letoastingman View Post
    男尊女卑
    Respect men, hate women.
    Also if you're gonna troll do it right and at least follow the format, hiragana 'brah'.
    Everything I have ever said was a lie, and that's the truth.

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    Let's get some more Japanese on this thread!

    Here are a few phrases that mean, "you reap what you sow/paying the consequences of your own action"

    Akuin akka 悪因悪果 (Evil action can only give birth to evil consequences)
    Jigou jitoku 自業自得 (Self-karma, self-earning)
    Mi kara deta sabi
    身から出た錆 (Rust from the body - the things you say and do will come back to you and cause you trouble. Comes from the concept of sword rust corrupting swords - maybe if you cut down more people and your sword rusts, the sword will be ruined, so you are ruining yourself?)


    Here are some I learned recently:

    Ten wa nibutsu wo ataezu 天は二物を与えず (learned from HunterXHunter!)
    (Heaven/God does not give two gifts -- meaning, a single human being cannot possess multiple god-given talents -- each person has his/her own good and bad points and abilities)

    Koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu 虎穴に入らずんば虎子を得ず (from Dangan Ronpa)
    Nothing ventured, nothing gained
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    rurumenmen - 縷々綿々- to go on and on about something in tedious detail

    Learnt from Durarara! of all things...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OdysseyOfNoises View Post
    rurumenmen - 縷々綿々- to go on and on about something in tedious detail

    Learnt from Durarara! of all things...
    Sooooo..... A Word thread?...
    Everything I have ever said was a lie, and that's the truth.

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