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The context is this tweet:

セットリストに適当!って書いてます。笑

I could understand more easily if は was used instead of に. How does に change the meaning?

Does an inference have to be made here to understand what is appropriate?

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  • I think you are right, yibe -- you should add this explanation as an answer, not a comment, so folks can vote on it.
    – Matt
    Jul 31, 2011 at 3:31

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I think this person (maybe a musician) just means:

セットリストに「適当!」って書いてます。笑

I just write 「適当!」("play without a plan!") on a set list. lol

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    Since there is no negative within the quotations in the original Japanese, I think a slightly more accurate translation would be "I just write 「"whatever!」 on a set list. lol"
    – Questioner
    Aug 1, 2011 at 5:57
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means that the action is being directed at the subject in question. means... well, is defined as a "topic marker", but trying to really define its usage is a whole topic of its own.

Anyway, 適当【てきとう】 in this context means "flippant", and so the speaker is being flippant toward the set list. In English I think the more natural way to say it would be that the speaker is being flippant about the set list.

セットリストは適当 , in this situation, would mean that the set list itself is flippant somehow, but it would be vague about why, who made it that way, and how exactly.

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