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What do you say when giving something to somebody?

In English when you hold out something to someone, sometimes a vocal prompt like "here" or "there" is said to indicate that you are giving it to the person. In Chinese (or at least in Singapore) we ...
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How do you say “funny”?

The English word "funny" means "something that makes one laugh". What is/are the closest Japanese word/words that match the meaning and the nuance of the word "funny"? Two possible matches are ...
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What to call the characters-based decoration found in many announce emails

Many emails received from Japanese companies contains characters-based dingbat-style ornament like this: ■□■□■□──────────────────────────── blablablablablablablabla ...
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Describing aptronyms (names that fit their owner)

I thought of this after seeing a news article about 星出{ほしで}彰彦{あきひこ}, who is an astronaut. Aptronym is a term for a name (often the surname) that fits a person's occupation or personality. A classic ...
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How does one write P.S. (post scriptum) in Japanese?

How does one write P.S. (post scriptum) in Japanese? Dictionary translates postscript as 追伸, but is that the compound one would use at the end of a Japanese letter or e-mail?
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What's the Japanese word for the stuff after the credits of a movie?

In English, we call footage that plays after the credits of a movie a "stinger". See, for example, the wiktionary entry, definition 8: A scene shown on films or television shows after the credits. ...
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Equivalent of someone's valentine

How would I describe the designated object of someone's affections on Valentine's Day? The meaning I'm referring to is meaning 2 on Wiktionary: A person to whom a valentine is given or received, ...
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How to say “workaround/quick-and-dirty hack”

How to say "workaround/quick-and-dirty hack" in Japanese in the context of computer programming? ALC says 次善策 for "workaround" but of course it does not convey the sense of dirtiness/fragility/speed ...
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Is there a Japanese word for “area with a collection of izakaya stalls or booths”?

I know that the traditional Japanese style pubs that serve food as well as drinks are called "居酒屋". But once a few years ago in Yamagata city, and last night here in Kagoshima city, I ended up in a ...
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A word like マシ without the negative connotation

When asking, "which is better," in Japanese, I could write どっちがマシ? However マシ has a negative connotation, implying that even though something is better it's still undesirable. What's a word like マシ ...
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What's the proper verb for opening a web page?

What's the proper verb to use when you want to ask somebody to open (or load up) a certain link on their browser?
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How is 空気を読む translated into English?

I've often seen 'read the air' (literal translation) or 'read between the lines' but is there a better rendition of this concept in English? Or does it just not exist?
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Can someone explain the meaning of 画期的?

The BOJ seems to like this word and it is translated as either "epoch-making" or "groundbreaking" Original Japanese sentence: ...
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What is an expression that means “of course!” as if suddenly realizing something?

I know that もちろん is often used to mean something like "of course (you may)" or even "naturally, ..." However, what would an equivalent expression be for "of course!", used as an interjection as a ...
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Cartel, syndicate, anti-competitive practice

I've heard this story from several foreigners in Japan: I hired Japanese Company A for a service. I didn't like Japanese Company A, so I went to Japanese Company B in the same industry and tried ...
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What exactly does いな mean in Japanese?

I know it seems like いいな means "that's good" but in anime like Akagi and Kaiji, the narrator says いな and the subtitles translate it as "that's wrong". Is いな some kind of old phrase for "that's wrong"? ...
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Can 交番 (koban) be used for old British-style/Dr Who police boxes?

When Dr Who is translated into Japanese, do they translate police box as こうばん? I've seen こうばん in Japan, and they aren't anything like old British police boxes, so if that's how it's translated, is ...
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Is “flyjin” a Japanese word, and if so, does it have an antonym?

Is "flyjin" a Japanese word? If so, does it have an antonym? And what is the correct way to write it in Japanese? Is it フライジン or フライ人{じん}? For those who might be unfamiliar with the term, "flyjin" ...
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What is the Japanese term for the postwar economic miracle?

In France they have "Les Trente Glorieuses" and in Germany the "Wirtschaftswunder". What is the analog in Japanese? Edit to elaborate: In the case of France there is a very specific term -- "The ...
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Term for native Japanese speakers misspelling “R” and “L”

Are there any words or phrases in Japanese more specific than イングリッシュ, but still used in normal Japanese conversation, to describe native speakers of Japanese either mis-typing or mis-pronouncing an ...