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I can't find this in any dictionary, but it seems to mean something like picture. Is that right?

I don't have an example sentence, because that word was the whole sentence.

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What's wrong with this question? – language hacker Aug 15 '11 at 15:43
Sentence or it didn't exist. (no I didn't downvote this - I've never downvoted even once in JLU) – Lukman Aug 15 '11 at 15:49
Yes, you have a nasty habit of never putting example sentences. – istrasci Aug 15 '11 at 16:03
Looking on Google, I don't think example sentences will help... example pages, maybe. It has less than 10,000 hits, so it might be very difficult to give an answer... – Zhen Lin Aug 15 '11 at 17:51
"That word was the whole sentence"? Was it a blog post title, or a picture caption, or something? If that's the case, a link would help. It's often difficult to translate without context. – Amanda S Aug 17 '11 at 6:32
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I think it comes from 撮影【さつえい】 where つ becomes ちゅ for some reason (slang?). A bit like おやちゅみなさい.

Seems to me that さちゅえい refers to 撮影会 events. There are many types of 撮影会 but the main ones are for amateur photographers to meet, to take a picture with a character or model, to create publicity with an open photoshoot, or to recruit new models. They are discussed in more detail on Wikipedia.

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I learned that it's pronounced that way by kids, because they can't pronounce certain letters. – language hacker Aug 17 '11 at 6:11
@language you're correct on that one, but just to note that sometimes such "kiddish" spelling is made to entice newbies. – syockit Aug 20 '11 at 3:44
Some (if not many) Chinese pronounce it that way. I had a few Chinese friends, and they could not pronounce very well, and it always came out as ちゅ. – istrasci May 30 '12 at 14:51

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