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Oct
5
comment How should I select what first-person pronoun to use?
Related: Is it ok for non-japanese to refer to themselves as 僕{ぼく} and if not why?
Oct
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Sep
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Sep
28
comment Did the modern usage of katakana predate the Americans?
Another thing to keep in mind is that the whole concept that Japan was shutting out foreigners during the so-called "sakoku" period is a very western-centric view. Many historians argue that the real point of that time was to prevent individual warlords and regional powers within Japan from making their own deals with foreigners and importing their own weapons, which could potentially destabilize the nation. It's a big topic, but the point is that Japan was importing foreign ideas before Perry showed up, just in a way the ruling powers tried to keep under tight control.
Sep
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Sep
8
comment Why should one be careful of soft and sweet words in this neighbourhood?
As "user unknown" says in the answer below, I think I was trying too hard to connect the notification about home robberies with the main text, so maybe it's not so much missing something but trying too hard to add things together. :)
Sep
8
comment Why should one be careful of soft and sweet words in this neighbourhood?
I went left to right on the reading because the punctuation, the ! ended after 気をつけよう, but I see how it could be read the other way. So, bottom line, you're saying it's a haiku?
Sep
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asked Why should one be careful of soft and sweet words in this neighbourhood?
Sep
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Sep
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Sep
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Aug
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comment What is an appropriate response to お疲{つか}れ様{さま}です in non-work situations?
Once again someone has come along and downvoted this with no explanation whatsoever. That's the real common practise on JL.
Aug
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Aug
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Aug
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comment Why does 留守{るす} have two almost opposite meanings?
@snailboat, sorry, but your comment is unclear about which meaning "this" is, but in any case, keep in mind that what meanings are available and what usages are common can be different things. But whatever. I could be wrong about what I perceived about how the shift in meaning happened. I have only lived here a couple of decades and not since the 13th century, so I'm not going to claim I know what happened before I got here.
Aug
10
reviewed No Action Needed Which kanji has the greatest number of strokes?
Aug
10
comment Why does 留守{るす} have two almost opposite meanings?
I believe the shift comes from the advent of answering services, 留守番電話, on phones, which essentially take care of messages while you are away. So the "guarding" aspect refers to what the answering service does for you, but the implication of the term is that you're not there. 留守 became shorthand for you not being there. This shift happened during my time in Japan, so I saw it happen real time, although I don't have an authorative reference. I'm also hesitant to post as an answer because these days on JL you get downvoted for even daring to have an idea.
Aug
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Aug
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comment Why was “一匹” used for Godzilla?
Related: Counter for 熊 (bears): ひき or 頭?. Godzilla is an animal that humans do not have a relationship with, and thus 頭 would be inappropriate.
Jul
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