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As the title says, is 閣閣 a real word? I've searched through weblio古語辞典 and BCCWJ and I've gotten no results that are not 内閣閣僚. Out of pure curiosity, I just want to find a real example of this word being used (or just word testimony that a native speaker has heard or used it). Then again, maybe it's just another fob in jisho.org's source dictionary.

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  • Since it is listed as obscure, archaic, literary, the first thing that came to my mind would be searching through haiku, tanka, etc., I also noticed that there was a Chinese reading of 'ge', which may or may not be coincidental to the ge, ge, ge and gero, gero image of frogs cries. Dec 8 '21 at 0:36
  • The annotation ('to' particle etc) suggests it may be confusion with 赫赫.
    – sundowner
    Dec 8 '21 at 0:43
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    A bit curious about the entry on this Japanese Dictionary: sakura-paris.org/dict/…
    – Andrew T.
    Dec 8 '21 at 11:28
  • @AndrewT. Interesting! The entry says that the word was used in a book called 自然と人生 which was published in 1900. Thank you so much for this!
    – Shurim
    Dec 8 '21 at 21:30
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Ditto @naruto's findings.

Is this a real word?

Yes.

In Chinese, apparently.

The top hits at https://www.google.com/search?q="閣閣" are all for Chinese sites discussing the word, implying that this isn't terribly well known in that language community either.

Note also the simplified Chinese script version:

阁阁

Then again, maybe it's just another fob in jisho.org's source dictionary.

Sure looks like a goof. While this does apparently appear in texts that are nominally Japanese, as naruto notes, these are all in Chinese contexts -- texts deliberately evincing a Classical Chinese mood. As such, in linguistic terms, this could be viewed more as code switching, where writers / readers / speakers of Language A who are also knowledgeable about Language B deliberately mix in some words from Language B.

From what I'm seeing, I would classify this as Classical Chinese, not Japanese, and not in use in modern Chinese either.

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I haven't heard or seen it. This seems to be more of an (old?) Chinese onomatopoeia ({{zh-cn:阁阁}}). Most Japanese articles that contain this word (e.g., this and this) seem to be related to old Chinese literature. I checked 青空文庫全文検索 (which contains older materials than BCCWJ) and found no relevant results.

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