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Aug
25
comment What is the role of の in 「お父さんのバカ!」
Ah, that's what was meant... yes, this is some sort of idiomatic usage; the thing being described as stupid here is not the person but some implied previous action. "X-san no baka!" gets translated as "X is an idiot", though, so it doesn't seem to be the same, unless all the fansubbers are getting it consistently wrong...
Aug
25
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Aug
25
comment What is the role of の in 「お父さんのバカ!」
-1: You could say "stupid ity of my father", or equivalently "my father's stupidity", but either way I would say that a possessive relationship is indeed implied - even though stupidity is an abstract concept, the English mind sees it as a possession of the father in question. This doesn't really answer anything; 's and of really work the same way in English, a few stylistic choices and idioms notwithstanding.
Aug
25
answered Why is there 丼 {どんぶり} in 丼勘定 {どんぶりかんじょう}?
Aug
21
comment What is the pun in 猥シャツ?
... I don't think you understand. Why is 「ワイシャツ」 used to mean "dress shirt" (it would appear to be some kind of wasei-eigo), and not, say, 「エクスシャツ」?
Aug
21
comment What is the pun in 猥シャツ?
So what I was asking is, why do they call it that in Japanese?
Aug
21
accepted So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
Aug
21
comment So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
金を愛すること makes sense (I can't understand how 対 is being used here), but that doesn't really leave me any closer to understanding how this works in general. :(
Aug
21
comment What is the pun in 猥シャツ?
I've never heard a dress shirt called a "Y shirt" in English. Is that a UK thing?
Aug
21
comment Is there an equivalent to George Carlin's “Seven Dirty Words” in Japanese?
I haven't previously seen the prefix used here... it seems somehow sarcastic...
Aug
21
accepted How can I say “make a big deal [about/out of/of] X”?
Aug
21
comment How can I say “make a big deal [about/out of/of] X”?
The more I think about it, the more I prefer this way.
Aug
21
comment So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
*sigh* So I have to figure it out again for each case? Ok, and how about the examples?
Aug
21
comment What is the pun in 猥シャツ?
Is ワイ -> Y referring to the V formed by the neck and the | where the buttons are (you can tell I'm not in the shirt business)?
Aug
21
comment What is the pun in 猥シャツ?
I couldn't find 褻 in my usual reference, and trying it with Google gives primarily Chinese rather than Japanese results.
Aug
21
comment So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
Of course not; the point is to understand the difference more properly.
Aug
20
comment So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
How do we figure out which relationship is associated with a given noun?
Aug
20
comment What does する means when it does not mean “do” ?
I can't understand, from the description, how Xにする becomes "to decide on X". Actually, I don't even understand how "act in a way that accomplishes an objective" could have an indirect object. A manner of being accomplished, maybe...
Aug
20
asked So-called の-adjectives - how does の *really* work?
Aug
20
comment What to say after someone sneezes
Most people in the west probably have no idea where "bless you" comes from. Many even learn instead to use the German "gesundheit" (literally "health"), though it might be the only word of German they know.