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Main question: Why do they use sometimes small version of katakana ヵ 'ka' in a word? The small ヵ here actually derives from the kanji 個 or 箇, used as the generic counter for things. This was abbreviated to 个, and in turn, this became the regular-sized ケ or small ヶ seen in words like 一ヶ月. Since the counter in these contexts is read as ka, this abbreviated ...

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