I've been wanting to read 神様の御用人 but I can't figure out what 御用人 means. Some translations translate it to "friend" but I think there's a deeper meaning to it?


御用人 is 御用+人, 御用 meaning "at the service of" and 人 meaning person. It means that some character(s) are dedicated servants of some god(s).

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    @TheAvianLord How is this the best answer? – l'électeur Jan 14 '17 at 5:09

I don't think the meaning is that deep. 御 is just an honorific, and 用人 is a sort of an old word meaning retainer, servant or manager. In the context of the story I think it refers to the main character having that as a job or something, probably meaning God's servant, so I don't think 'friend' is that close of a translation.

EDIT: Avery's answer is correct, not mine

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    Avery's answer is correct, not mine <- What makes you think so? You looked up [用人]{ようにん} in a dictionary, right? dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/226710/meaning/m0u – Chocolate Jan 12 '17 at 9:26
  • i did, but I'm not sure the dictionary definition applies in this case because I cross-referenced the wikipedia page for the series he is talking about and the main character's job is closer to what Avery said – frei Jan 13 '17 at 1:11
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    Heh.. but the dictionary clearly states that 御用人 is the honorific form of 用人, you see kotobank.jp/word/… Also Wiki says: "用人(ようにん)は、江戸時代の武家の職制のひとつで、主君の用向きを家中に伝達して、庶務を司ることを主たる役目とし、有能な者から選ばれることが多かった。 御用人(ごようにん)とも。 " ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%94%A8%E4%BA%BA – Chocolate Jan 13 '17 at 15:50
  • That's probably not how the word was constructed, @Schokolade , based on how 御用 is used in modern Japanese. I do not know whether the series takes place in Edo, I didn't google it – Avery Jan 13 '17 at 23:11
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    I think it might be a coined word and the anime/novel is set in modern times so I don't know if they would use an Edo-era word – frei Jan 19 '17 at 6:37

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