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Jun
10
comment Difference between the words for “living/residing” [住む/棲む/泊まる/暮らす]
Do you just want to know the difference between these options or do you actually hope to find out how to say "residing" in Japanese. Because if you do, at least I would need an example sentence in English using the word "residing".
Jun
8
comment Origin of katakana ン (カタカナの「ン」の字源)
@Sjiveru Such system is mentioned here, for example: yazumichio.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-425.html I know nothing about it, though.
Jun
7
comment How did コンセント come to be used for “outlet”?
@EiríkrÚtlendi Do you call パトカー 和製英語 or a "straightforward abbreviation" (or a "non-straightforward abbreviation")?
Jun
7
comment How did コンセント come to be used for “outlet”?
@EiríkrÚtlendi I'm afraid I can't find the entry where the English is abbreviated to "consent". The English-French dictionary doesn't have an entry for "consent", only a buffered search containing "consent", which probably came from here, i.e. コンセント could mean either plug or consent (authorization) and lumping them together bled into other dictionaries. So far, I still think it more likely that コンセント is 和製英語, derived from "concentric plug".
Jun
6
comment Use of Causative-Passive Form and ために in this example
Oh, yes, that's a very useful rule to remember. Question word + も with negative verb gives "nothing, nobody, nowhere, etc."
Jun
6
comment Does the use of 百足 as ateji for ムカデ come from calquing “centipede” (or a cognate)?
FWIW, Dutch and Portuguese call centipedes "Duizendpoten" ("Duizend" = thousand) and "Quilópode" ("quilo" = thousand) or "Centípede / Centopéia" ("centi / cento" = hundred). For that I did come across several pictures of centipedes.
Jun
6
comment Does the use of 百足 as ateji for ムカデ come from calquing “centipede” (or a cognate)?
I find it hard to understand the translation you give for 百足之蟲,至死不僵,以扶之者眾也. Maybe something like "A worm with a hundred legs doesn't fall over even when it's dead, because it has a large foothold", but I'm just guessing. Can you explain the meaning?
Jun
5
comment Does the use of 百足 as ateji for ムカデ come from calquing “centipede” (or a cognate)?
You can read gogen-allguide.com/mu/mukade.html and geocities.jp/holmyow/mukade.html without the risk of coming across pictures of centipedes.
Jun
5
comment あかひげ [赤髭] modern usage?
@snailboat I like that you say "type of cute bird" rather than "cute type of bird".
Jun
5
comment Why no 移民者【いみんしゃ】?
@DaveMG Oh yes, I actually just skimmed over the article and caricatured what I picked up... I actually asked a couple of my friends: "Do you know the word 移民者?" "Yes." "But it doesn't exist." "Oh, right." What I think this means is that people understand what should be meant by 移民者, but any careful thought would expose 移民者 as being redundant and silly and so nobody would consciously choose to use it, at least not as long as they don't recognize it as being a common word.
Jun
5
comment Why no 移民者【いみんしゃ】?
@KenY-N Don't rely on Google hits! Click yourself through to the last page to get a reasonable estimate. In this case, Google only has 22 results without repetition and 87 results, including repetition... which is why I used the corpus. (In the corpus 0 results for は移民です.)
Jun
4
comment The different meanings of “life”? 生気/生活/ライフ/生命/一生/人生/命
There are many more words that translate to life: 命{いのち}, 人生, ライフ, 生命, 一生, … If you're just trying to say "life", you have to be more precise and maybe give us a couple of example sentences. If you're really only interested in the difference between 生気 and 生活, then example sentences would still be very helpful.
Jun
1
comment Is there a reason why numbers in Japanese are delimited into blocks of four?
10^4096? Maybe the Chinese wondered how many protons there would be in the universe, if in every proton there was a whole universe with the same number of protons, and in every one of those protons, there was a whole universe with that many protons, and in those protons there were again a whole universe, etc.
Jun
1
comment Is there a difference between 平和 and 平安
What do you mean by "historical peace"?
May
31
comment Etymology of 宵【よい】
I think we used to be notified when an answer to one of our questions was edited. Apparently, this feature was dropped. Anyway, thank you very much for your post, especially for your update. In the article it says "OJ pi 'sun, day'". Would 夜火 be another option, then?
May
31
comment Meaning of よりまし in バンパー外すよりまし
@naruto Maybe the OP will enlighten us with a picture.
May
30
comment Meaning of よりまし in バンパー外すよりまし
@naruto I will incorporate your comments into my answer, but please don't hesitate to post alternative answers, especially if they are more accurate than existing answers.
May
30
comment Meaning of よりまし in バンパー外すよりまし
@naruto そうかもしれませんね。この回答の解釈はバンパーを外したとしたら、他のパーツにも当たらないようなところで傷していない限り、解釈になりそうもないですね。naruto‌​さんの回答をundeleteしてください。
May
30
comment Meaning of よりまし in バンパー外すよりまし
Do you realize that よりまし should be parsed as より + まし?
May
24
comment 実在する “to exist” or “to be real”?
Here's what Google Translate thinks how to say "One Piece is real" in Japanese: 1枚は本物だ. (Caveat: For those who don't read Japanese, read this as "don't trust Google Translate".)