Occasionally on Twitter, I see tweets from young native Japanese-speakers like:


with the obvious meaning of おはようございます。

Is this change of ます to まつる just a form of slang, and is it commonly used and understood?

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    A play on word with the old-fashioned まする, perhaps? Not confident enough to post it as an answer. Feb 17 '15 at 0:05
  • It's not widely recognized as a piece of slang or internet meme. Maybe they're repeating what they've heard in some anime which I don't know?
    – naruto
    Feb 17 '15 at 10:59
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    I think it's just one small following on Twitter. Primarily, the posts I saw using it were from the same account (Yanakiku), a music artist. They used in a lot of their posts (YANAKIKUでございま鶴 as well as the one listed). I think it's mostly confined to the poster, and their followers. Correct me if you find any exceptions to this, but I'd guess it's just a stylistic trait of the artist rather than a common meme.
    – sqrtbottle
    May 30 '15 at 12:12
  • @Sqrtbottle I think you are right. I hadn't realised when I posted the question. If you post this as an answer, I'll accept it.
    – alexh
    May 30 '15 at 23:10

As mentioned in the comments above, this seems to be just a small Twitter following. The main user, YANAKIKU, is a musician, and changing the ending of verbs to 〜ま鶴 seems to be their usage of artistic license, most likely to be cute.

I haven't seen it used anywhere other than this, so I assume the meme (if it can be called this) is really just for fans of the group.

Other examples from their twitter page include:

おはようございま鶴♡ 昨日はありがとうございま鶴でした!

マシュー今日はありがとうございま鶴でした!マシューのMCだとなんともいえない安心感がありま鶴! めっちゃかっこよかった♡ 最後ご挨拶できなくてごめんね!これからもよろしくお願いしま鶴!


Not really something I'd be able use anytime or anywhere without feeling self conscious ; )


Commonly understood, not commonly used. It sounds cute or annoying, depending on your personal biases. It has no special meaning.

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