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Aug
23
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
16
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
11
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
11
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
5
awarded  Revival
Aug
4
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
31
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
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Jul
7
comment Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
Yeah, I knew that... sometimes when you go down a path of looking at something a certain way, even the most blatant clues can become invisible.
Jul
7
comment Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
@jkerian, I would take your critiques more seriously as being representative of the downvotes if someone had said something of the sort before I commented. As it stands, it just seems like retroactive justification. Not to mention that I could point out dozens of comparable questions that aren't as harshly judged. The fact is, I knew in advance I would get two downvotes nearly right away, regardless of the question. My analysis of the downvoting situation is not just from my experience on JL, but I am an active member on a dozen other SE sites, and the negativity here is unusual among them.
Jul
4
comment Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
Oh, wow! What a silly error I was making. I had the two companies reversed in my mind, so I thought Moriyama was the 貴社. Now everything makes sense. Thanks for setting me straight.
Jul
4
accepted Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
Jul
4
comment Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
Two downvotes, no explanation. I am convinced by the patterns that it's just some people being petty and personal. I truly feel sorry for the people who have nothing better to do than to just act out with unproductive negativity.
Jul
4
asked Who should pay, or not pay, who in this letter written in business Japanese?
Jul
3
accepted I'm a bit lost on this sentence using なかろうか
Jul
2
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awarded  Curious