I was thinking what things could be described with 草 (3) not genuine; substandard;)

Can we describe someone who is a ゴミ as 草? Like say:

アイツはどうおもう? くさだ!

Or is the "substandard" meaning of 草 already "phased out" ?

Also, is the usage of うるさい to mean "fussy" archaic / "phased out"?

Like let's say I say メシにうるさくするんな!

Does it simply sound weird (like i'm some old grandpa)?

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    @Pacerier: I fail to see the connection between your title and the rest of your question. Are you asking about くさ or うるさい??
    – Dave
    Jun 29, 2011 at 4:53
  • Maybe you meant くそ, not くさ ;)
    – Lukman
    Jun 29, 2011 at 9:37
  • @Dave sry my mistake. edited
    – Pacerier
    Jun 29, 2011 at 10:33
  • @Lukman no i meant the 草 (くさ) at csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1MUE%E8%8D%89
    – Pacerier
    Jun 29, 2011 at 10:35
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    Do you think that the two questions which you are asking are related? If not, please do not mix two unrelated questions into one. Jun 29, 2011 at 14:07

2 Answers 2


The title and the body seem to ask two different questions, but I'll answer them both.

「うるさい」 as 'fussy' is not at all archaic. 彼はラーメンにうるさいからいい店を知っている。

On the other hand, in all my years of speaking with Japanese friends and family, I have never heard of using 草 as a derogative.

  • heys sry my mistake just now. had edited the question.
    – Pacerier
    Jun 29, 2011 at 10:36
  • Does that example translate as "He is particular about his ramen, so he knows a good (ramen) shop"? Or maybe singular/plural of shop is ambiguous?
    – Muhd
    Oct 29, 2011 at 19:29
  • @Muhd: yes, that's correct, and yes, in the example the singular/plural of shop/店 is ambiguous. It could go either way between "he knows a good ramen shop" and "he knows good ramen shops". Oct 30, 2011 at 22:02

As for 草, as a prefix it means "informal". I suppose that meaning can overlap with "substandard" but it's not taken to be derogatory.

My dictionary (旺文社国語辞典) gives these examples: 草競馬、草野球、草芝居、草相撲

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