Made In Japan  

QueenOfSwords 34F
33 posts
6/11/2006 11:00 pm

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Made In Japan


Its surprising how very few words have been borrowed into the English language from Japanese.

When you think about how long and how extensive Anglo-American and Japanese interaction has been, its really amazing just how short this list is.

Nearly two hundred words of Japanese origin are used to some extent in English writing, but nearly all of them are used only for things that are uniquely Japanese, for example words like sake, kimono, ninja, samurai, sushi, haiku, anime, and Zen.

I cant think of any more that have been clearly adopted by English other than these ones:

daikon - daikon (大根, "big root"

ginkgo - ginkou (銀杏, "silver apricot"

honcho - hanchou (班長, "squad leader"

karaoke - karaoke (空オケ, "empty orchestra"*

kudzu - kuzu (葛, "arrowroot"

moxa - moekusa (燃え草, "burning herb"

ramen - raamen (ラーメン, "ramen"

rickshaw - jinrikisha (人力車, "manpower car"

skosh - sukoshi (少し, "a little"

soy - shouyu (醤油, "soy sauce"

tofu - toufu (豆腐, "rotten beans"

tsunami - tsunami (津波, "harbor wave"

tycoon - taikun (大君, "great prince"

If you can think of any others, I'd really like to be reminded of them.


TheCliticals 34F/F

6/12/2006 12:47 am

Futon

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Choozmi 50M

6/12/2006 12:58 am

Kamikaze -- "ritual suicide via airplane or alcohol"

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QueenOfSwords 34F

6/12/2006 4:53 am

Can the three of you share a kiss? lol


OboesHonedIambs 62F

6/12/2006 10:54 am

gaijin - westerner - has made it in

nori - found regularly in my local co-op

kamikaze - divine wind (iirc)

hari kari - suicide - usually associated with honor/shame.

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rm_Shortdogg65 51M
672 posts
6/12/2006 2:18 pm

I found your list both informative and funny. I used to work for a man whose favorite unit of measure seemed to be a skosh. I couldn't help but laugh at tofu. Rotten beans indeed. Here in the southeastern U.S. we have more kudzu than we know what to do with. Stuff will take over the world if you let it. Shortdogg


rm_anacortes 74M
2850 posts
6/12/2006 10:09 pm

Why the SURPRISE????

My surprise is that of the additions.. looks like there might be way more than either YOU or I expected..

Languages are "organic".. by that, I mean they live and some die..they constantly change, but not by chance.. as I am sure you are aware, some spend entire lives studying languages and all about them..

Thanks for sharing this interesting topic on the "sex site" heheheh
from "Major Domo"


QueenOfSwords 34F

6/13/2006 12:32 am

    Quoting rm_anacortes:
    Why the SURPRISE????

    My surprise is that of the additions.. looks like there might be way more than either YOU or I expected..

    Languages are "organic".. by that, I mean they live and some die..they constantly change, but not by chance.. as I am sure you are aware, some spend entire lives studying languages and all about them..

    Thanks for sharing this interesting topic on the "sex site" heheheh
    from "Major Domo"
Yeah I should have written about the obsession that Japanese men have about womens' panties and how to get through Customs when entering Japan?


elysianpleasure 47M

6/13/2006 8:23 pm

Very cool post...

What is also fascinating in contrast is how many English words have made it into Japanese... there are hundreds that are either directly stollen or close derivatives...

I think that despite the long histories of the countries together... American's and other English speaking countries have been truly slow to adopt Asian philosophy, culture, religion, and technology... and in contrast Japan has always been a melting pot of cultures. I think that has changed. I bet most of the words on your list and those others have mentioned have been assimilated within the last 100 years... and I see a far greater acceptance of Asian culture and appreciation of those cultures in the last 20 years. Your children will likely use far more...

Think of how dominated Saturday morning cartoons are now by Japanese characters...

Power Rangers...
Pokemon
Tamaguchi toys...

When my son creates monsters... he using the Japanese naming conventions without even thinking about it... his monsters are called Doggiemon and Mouszilla...

Very interesting post... thanks

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collegefun06 31M

6/13/2006 10:55 pm

Its not just the Japanese language that the American society has adopted. We (i am an american) have also began to adopt the philosophies. "The Art Of War" is commonly read among those whom wish to become adept in business. To me that shows every culture, society and government can learn from its adverse, and in some cases adversary.


QueenOfSwords 34F

6/14/2006 7:20 am

I didnt think that I'd get so many comments on this

Thank you everyone


lrgy06 63M  
54 posts
6/15/2006 11:29 pm

sushi ?


rm_art_persists 51M
1789 posts
6/17/2006 4:48 pm

sukiyaki


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