Why is the word けしゴム is half written in hiragana and half in katakana?


It just has to do with the words that it is made up of:

消し{けし} comes from 消す{けす}which means to erase.

ゴム is a foreign word (usually katakana) meaning gum or rubber.

So you put the two together and you get the amalgam 消し{けし}ゴム.


Because けし comes from the verb and ゴム in itself is a loanword.

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    Maybe you could say that "the verb" is 消す. – Earthliŋ Sep 26 '16 at 19:42

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