なみポリス出動 あみちゃんスキスキ罪

Is this supposed to be "好き好き"? I thought that was supposed to すきずき though.


's' vs. 'z'

「好き好き」 has two completely different meanings depending on how the second 「好き」 is read.

  1. When read 「すきき」, it is a noun meaning "a matter of taste". This is a "dictionary" word; therefore, it is written as 「好き好き」 99% of the time.

The well-known saying "There is no accounting for tastes." is thus translated to 「蓼{たで}食{く}う虫{むし}も好{す}き好{ず}き」 nearly everytime.

  1. When read 「すきすき」, it is just 「好き」 said twice for emphasis. You like/love something/someone very much. Since this is not a dictionary word, it is written the way the writer wants to -- 「好き好き」、「すきすき」 or 「スキスキ」.

In the phrase 「あみちゃんスキスキ罪{ざい}」, 「スキスキ」 is clearly the second usage above. It would mean something along the lines of:

"Crime of loving Ami-chan excessively"

  • I wonder, is there any semantic overlap between すきすき and "like-like"? In English, the first "like" is often emphasized with tone of voice, or in writing, sometimes with italics, as "like-like". The sense is that you "like" them, but also really like them. As in, not just friendly affection. Sep 30 at 20:17

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