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I was watching a video and I heard this word "シンメ状態".

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Somehow I believe I have heard this word before, but I still could not make any sense of it from the dictionary.

シンメ = ???

状態 = current status; condition; situation; circumstances; state​ (from Jisho)

Was it some kind of phrase or something?

  • Abbreviation of シンメトリー? – Leebo Nov 6 '17 at 4:33
  • ドルヲタ用語や。ワシが回答するとアヤシイさかい、誰か答えたりいな。 – l'électeur Nov 6 '17 at 5:08
  • ^ あたしは「ドルヲタ」すらわからないww – Chocolate Nov 6 '17 at 10:12
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It's jargon used among Japanese アイドル fans, especially ジャニーズ fans.

シンメ is from シンメトリー ("symmetry") and initially referred to performers dancing symmetrically in the mathematical sense, like a mirror-image.

Then it gained a broader sense among idol fans, and it now mainly refers to two idols within a group who often perform together and are considered as a "pair". For example, the person in the video mentions やまちね (山田涼介 and 知念侑李), who can be considered as a シンメ in Hey! Say! JUMP. Most people in Japan know nothing about やまちね and シンメ, so I think the person in the video said it to show his knowledge about J組.

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