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Feb
9
comment Is it natural to call elderly men ojiisan?
I meant idiomatic as in "natural", as Matt said.
Feb
9
asked Is it natural to call elderly men ojiisan?
Feb
9
comment Why is water polite but ice not?
@danichi: if there's commonly held beliefs that are incorrect, it's better that someone says it and someone else debunks it than that it isn't mentioned at all.
Feb
9
comment Evil twins and other tropes
+1 to counteract sawa's downvote.
Feb
4
comment Is すごい slang or just informal?
Unless I misheard it, Colonel Muska in Laputa used sugoi a bit, and he turns out to be royalty. I assume royalty don't use slang, but I've neither watched enough anime, or learnt enough Japanese, to know.
Feb
4
comment What is a good series of books/programs to start learning from, if any?
First of all, good on you for wanting to continue learning Japanese. However, even if questions about learning were on topic, rather than seen as too "unrelated", the question would be a little bit too broad. You might want to read the blog post blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping I'm +1ing anyway because I think -1 is too low a score for such a question.
Feb
4
comment How often does gairaigo get bikago?
@sawa: Either an up-market prostitute, or a woman who runs a brothel.
Feb
4
comment How often does gairaigo get bikago?
+1, but choosing Tsuyoshi Ito's answer, mainly because caffeine rather than nicotine is my drug of choice.
Feb
4
accepted How often does gairaigo get bikago?
Feb
4
comment How often does gairaigo get bikago?
@sawa: Is "high-class madams" a euphemism?
Feb
4
comment How often does gairaigo get bikago?
What do you mean by euphemism? I thought euphemism means using a vague word or phrase rather than a more specific one.
Feb
4
comment Equivalents of Google Ngram for Japanese
@sawa: I was wanting to find out if the word ソープランド existed before 1984. My reasoning was that if the word was the result of a "nationwide contest", then it wouldn't have existed beforehand, whereas if that was an urban legend, I'd see uses pre-1984. In the end, I used the English Ngram for the word soaplands. Conclusion: nationwide contest theory plausible.
Feb
4
asked Equivalents of Google Ngram for Japanese
Feb
2
comment Why is water polite but ice not?
My answer previously referred to gairaigo tending not to have bikago. I didn't bother reading the question properly - I assumed that the dispenser used a loanword for ice, rather than a native Japanese word.
Feb
2
revised How often does gairaigo get bikago?
Remove mention of other question
Feb
2
revised Why is water polite but ice not?
Removed part about gairaigo - turns out not to be relevant in this question
Feb
2
asked How often does gairaigo get bikago?
Jan
23
comment Words made from strokes of a kanji like 女 toくノ一
By googling for pages with くノ一, 女, ロハ, and 只, I came across d.hatena.ne.jp/yam3104/20100714 - can someone confirm the page is talking about this phenomenon?
Jan
23
accepted Words made from strokes of a kanji like 女 toくノ一
Jan
22
awarded  Nice Question