Or is it just a neutral term for tidal waves?

(I'm considering naming a JavaScript library tsunami.js – would it be offensive?)

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    I don't think it'd be any more offensive than the famous 神奈川沖浪裏.
    – istrasci
    Sep 6, 2013 at 22:20
  • @istrasci, thanks! Maybe I should call it okinami.js (just to be safe).
    – katspaugh
    Sep 7, 2013 at 1:02
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    I heard about a twitter client called earthquake and thought "Why would someone call something that?", but it was built by Japanese people in response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Sep 7, 2013 at 5:23

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I would say "not necessarily"; but, it definitely doesn't have positive connotations...

One might think of it as <= 0.


Hmm, evidence? Well, the word "earthquake" is definitely not a positive word by itself, right? It has more neutral or negative connotations (i.e.,<= 0). But, I don't know how to provide evidence of that...

There is a word, アクセス津波 (access tsunami), which is when there are a lot of site views/accesses in a short period. When used in this sense, I guess the blog owner would be happy :)

At any rate, I don't think you'll realistically be offending many people by using "tsunami" (unless your project is destructive, obviously).

By the way, what will your project be doing?

  • Thanks! I hoped for some evidence but your opinion matters, too.
    – katspaugh
    Sep 7, 2013 at 1:04
  • Answer updated :)
    – execjosh
    Sep 7, 2013 at 1:56
  • If the word is sometimes used figuratively and represents the concept of power/energy/abundance, it's OK for me to use as well (the project is a waveform visualization). Thank you!
    – katspaugh
    Sep 7, 2013 at 2:20

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