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It is difficult to talk about the phrase 「ごめんなさいませ」 mostly because it is not in wide use (that is unless there actually exists an area that I am unaware of where it is often said). I have probably heard it 2-3 times in my life, but that means only once every 10 years or so. I feel like it has (almost) always been an adult woman who I have heard say it. ...


This is called 「ウ[音便]{おんびん}」 and it is one type of the 「音便 (euphonic sound changes)」 that took place around Heian period. 「ウ音便」, in the simplest terms possible, is the dropping of the "k" consonant from the [連用形]{れんようけい} of i-adjectives. The 連用形 of 「うれしい」 is 「うれしく」. Drop the "k" from 「うれしく」 and you have 「うれしう」. To make 「うれしう」 even easier to say, you ...

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