What does バタバタ mean?


Everything make sense to me except for the last part.

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バタバタ is an onomatopoeia expressing busyness. Usually, a Japanese onomatopoeia repeats a two-mora part (like バタ) twice, four morae in total, but here, it is repeated thrice.

  • Does 子 here mean that he is referring to himself as a girl, or as a child? Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 19:52
  • I think it's a boy because I know who this is. What makes you think he's a girl? Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:30
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    The 子 ending. If it is not a boy, then he's trying to look childish, I guess.
    – user458
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:39
  • Would a boy normally ever use that ending when referring to himself, or only girls? This person likes to wear female clothing. Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:40
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    If you know the person, why don't you ask him what he meant?
    – Axioplase
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 3:04

I probably found this too late for my answer to be of interest, but I think I can shed some light on the mystery.

The phrase used is a paraphrase of a line from a well-known (to Japanese children at least) song from Sore Ike Anpanman. I am not sure of the song's name, but the first line is 勇気の鈴がりんりんりん and it was played as the ending theme of many episodes in 2010. It has also been used as the ending theme of more than one of the Anpanman movies. The line in question is:


バタ子's name (usually written バタコ) actually means "butter-child" (the 子 is a frequent female name ending). バタバタ indicates her busy nature as well as being a pun on her name. The writer of the original sentence has clearly truncated the line to バタバタバタ子さん, probably expecting the reference to be obvious. To anyone living in a house with small Japanese children around 2010/2011 it certainly would have been obvious.

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    This question and now your answer will still be around for quite a while, and will be found by people searching for バタバタ. (The first result for "バタバタ meaning" on Google is this page and now includes your explanation.) To edit your post click "edit" below your post.
    – Earthliŋ
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 9:36

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