I've started reading my first Japanese book and the word 畸端検査官 keeps popping up. I know 検査官 means inspector, but I can't find a reference anywhere to 畸端.

Can anyone help?

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    Presumably it's a name, if it's attached to a title like that in the story.
    – Leebo
    Jun 17 '19 at 21:24
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    It could be, although I don't get the impression that it's referring to a specific person, more a group. Might be wrong...
    – NobleGuy
    Jun 17 '19 at 21:35
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    It's definitely a name. If you want to know how it's read (キハタ? I don't know!), look back for the first usage in the book; it probably has furigana.
    – mamster
    Jun 18 '19 at 0:24
  • No, no furigana... Naruto has an explanation below that makes sense as it's directly from the book I'm reading :)
    – NobleGuy
    Jun 18 '19 at 7:30

I googled 畸端 and found that this question comes at the top :D Aside from this question, the word is used almost exclusively in グウィノール年代記. Is this what you're reading? 畸端 is clearly a made-up word. In the middle of the sample here, it explains its (supposed) definition in the story:


畸 means "out-of-the-way" or "disabled", and 端 means "borderline" or "edge", so its basic intended meaning should be "abnormality", "deformation", "corruption", or something along these lines. But you may come up with a better translation if you keep reading, since they seem to have some secret roles. It's probably pronounced as きたん. 異端 (いたん, "heresy") is a much more common word that resembles this.

  • Lovely, thank you! And yes, グウィノール年代記 is the book! I bought it in Tokyo a few years ago and thought I'd better give it a go. It's got a few other (as far as I can tell) made up words like 羽猿 and 竜鳥, but the meaning of those were fairly obvious :)
    – NobleGuy
    Jun 18 '19 at 7:29

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