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素人 means beginner. ド素人 means total beginner.

means "very", "total". Any idea where does this word come from etymologically? It is sometimes also written in hiragana.

Are there other current expressions that use in a similar way?

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Dreadnought?! – Paul Richter Jan 25 '12 at 2:56
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ど突く, ドスケベ, どあほ, ドM, ドS, どえらい, どぶす, ど近眼... sure there are many more

Please note that some of these are quite rude and offensive. Please use with caution.

Not sure about the etymology, but I have the impression that they tend to be used more in Kansai-ben.

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あはは。悪い言葉ばっかりね~ あ、あたし関西人 – user1016 Jan 25 '12 at 6:16
@Chocolate: +1 for 関西人! – istrasci Jan 25 '12 at 15:26
I share the same impression too! But unless non-関西人 can confirm that they seldom use ど… – syockit Jan 31 '12 at 23:17
So we don't really know where it comes from? I just saw this in Harry Potter 2, which doesn't seem to have a rude/offensive tone implied: "ダンブルドアが次の言葉を話し出す前に、バーンとどえらい音をたてて扉が勢いよく開き、ハグリッドが飛び込んできた。" – comeauch May 19 '15 at 10:10

どぎつい, ど真ん中 and ド変態{へんたい} came up to my mind as a similar expression.

I don't know where this use of came from. Maybe from the prhase 度{ど}が過ぎる.

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OMG ド変態!I've never heard that word but it's like a total pervert? Lol – user1016 Jan 25 '12 at 18:31
どん百姓 is another one. – Bathrobe Feb 1 '12 at 22:15

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