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It is false. ありがとう came from adjective ありがたい, which was ありがたし in classical Japanese and dates back much earlier than any loanwords from Portuguese appeared in Japanese. Word ありがたし appeared in Makura no Sōshi (1002), although I hope that someone with access to large dictionaries can post earlier references. Loadwords from Portuguese in Japanese started ...


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The other answers, while containing valid and useful information, are not quite what I was looking for, so I continued to research on my own until I came up with the following taxonomy of these terms, with explanations of their meanings as I have come to understand them and examples. Note that the meanings of words and the structure of the classifications ...


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化け物(ばけもの) and お化け(おばけ)are the same thing. They seem to refer to monsters which are native to Japan, such as Kasa-obake. 妖怪(ようかい) I believe these are also similar to お化け. 怪物(かいぶつ) are usually monsters with fur, or at least that's the impression I get when I hear it. Large, fur-covered, violent creatures that don't seem to think about anything. 怪獣(かいじゅう) Same ...


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怪異 is "(supernatural) irregularity" 魑魅魍魎 are the demons of mountains and streams. The book 魍魎の匣 goes more into their etymology but the general term means a sort of conglomeration of spirits and demons of nature. Here are the definitions in my 旺文社 日本語辞典 if that helps. 怪異(クワイ―) 一(名・形動ダ)不思議であるあやしいこと。また、そのさま。「超自然の―」 二(名)化物。変化(へんげ)。 魑魅魍魎(―マウリヤウ) ...


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As Tsuyoshi says, there is no truth to it. The earliest reference given in the [日]{に}[本]{ほん}[国]{こく}[語]{ご}[大]{だい}[辞]{じ}[典]{てん} is from the mid-13th century [観]{かん}[智]{じ}[院]{いん}[本]{ぼん} edition of the [類]{るい}[聚]{じゅ}[名]{みょう}[義]{ぎ}[抄]{しょう}: 盖 オホフ カフル Even English barely had the word cover at that point. Also, according to the same dictionary, かぶる is ...


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It has nothing to do with flying. Tondemonai derives from an older todemonai. Some speculate that the initial to is to be identified as 途 (to, "road"). While you may want to further break it into to demo nai, there is little evidence to support this so you should treat it as a single word. That being said, modern re-analysis of the final nai into a separate ...



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