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Jul
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answered can we omit verbs when speaking casually?
Jul
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answered Speaking in the third person
Jul
30
comment Does the Japanese language only have negative terms for flirting?
+1 for taking a shot at it. I haven't heard that particular use of 雰囲気 before. I agree, that it wouldn't fill the lexical gap, but at least it's something.
Jul
30
accepted What is the difference between 照{て}れる and 照{て}れてる?
Jul
29
revised Does the Japanese language only have negative terms for flirting?
By request, changed the title and added lines to make it more clear this is a question about language and not culture.
Jul
29
revised does anyone know of any o-words or go-words which are absolutely neutral?
Updated answer to reflect updated question.
Jul
29
answered does anyone know of any o-words or go-words which are absolutely neutral?
Jul
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comment Does the Japanese language only have negative terms for flirting?
@Axioplase: The actual act of flirting is done frequently, and is accepted, it's just the observation of it where negative connotations take hold.
Jul
29
revised How would one convey the concept of “vouching” in Japanese?
Fixed typo.
Jul
29
revised What is the difference between 照{て}れる and 照{て}れてる?
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Jul
29
asked Does the Japanese language only have negative terms for flirting?
Jul
29
asked How would one convey the concept of “vouching” in Japanese?
Jul
29
asked What is the difference between 照{て}れる and 照{て}れてる?
Jul
29
accepted What are the origins of ド when used as emphasis, and is it always negative?
Jul
29
awarded  Enthusiast
Jul
29
comment What is the らせ form of a verb?
@sawa: Agreed that language hacker needs to be more careful to post relevant questions. However, with much respect and appreciation for the fact that you are helping generate traffic and helpful answers on the site, you could do a lot to stop language hacker from posting irrelevant tweets by not rushing to answer every time he posts. You seem to try to answer no matter what the quality of his question, and the presence of your answer gives more validity than it deserves. This question should have been ignored. Please consider that always responding might encourage more poor questions.
Jul
29
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jul
29
comment Difference between ◯◯を掃除 and ◯◯に掃除
@language hacker: Rushing to accept an answer so as to protect a question is indicative of a complete misuse of the site and a misunderstanding of its purpose. Any question that requires such behaviour is clearly flawed, as any normal question should be able to sit indefinitely until the right answer comes along.
Jul
28
asked What are the origins of ド when used as emphasis, and is it always negative?
Jul
28
comment Is there an equivalent to George Carlin's “Seven Dirty Words” in Japanese?
@hippietrail: Thanks for that link. Very enjoyable. I'm a fan of Pinker, having read many of his books, which is why I believe that swearing is connected to some fundamental brain processes, and why I don't believe all Japanese cursing is purely contextual. Amanda made clear at least one, and I can think of at least one other. Still, something is still not sitting right with me about how cursing is handled in Japanese. Right now, I'm thinking that where the strangeness is has something to do with the question of why Japanese culture is believed to not have them, both from outside and within.