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I've been transcribing this video.

https://youtu.be/ZoGKmPJkVr4

At 7:33, there's this sentence,

"犬かきならぬ、ネコかき。"

I wonder what かき means here, or if it serves some grammatical function? Thank you!

  • jisho.org/search/inukaki I know you already know that 犬かき is in the video, but looking at the entry for it should answer your question. – Leebo Oct 24 '18 at 7:41
  • oh right! thank you! it didn't occur to me that it came together with 犬!! – mouldyfart Oct 24 '18 at 8:12
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    @mouldyfart wow what a username! – kandyman Oct 24 '18 at 11:38
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This かき is a nominalized form of the verb 掻く【かく】, which means "to scratch", "to paw", "to paddle (in the water)", "to plow (snow)", etc. 犬かき refers to a certain swimming method, and 猫かき is a parody of it (i.e., the word 猫かき is basically a joke).

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