Questions tagged [offensive-words]

罵り言葉. Words that potentially offend Japanese speakers in any situation. Including epithets, slurs, profanity, expletives, or obscene words.

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Is the word ハーフ derogatory?

Is the term ハーフ (mixed-race Japanese/other) derogatory? Can you use it in a newspaper article? Can you use it to describe your boss? If it is derogatory, what word(s) should one use instead?
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Why is the Japanese government considering adding kanji such as “cancer” to the jinmeiyō kanji?

The wikipedia article on jinmeiyō kanji states: Before September 27, 2004, there were 2232 government-designated jinmeiyō kanji used in personal and geographical names, with plans to increase ...
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Question about くそ and “shit”

Unless I’m wrong, both of them carry the same meaning. But is saying kuso the same level of profane as saying “shit”? Because it seems (at least from what I see in games and animes) they don’t use it ...
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Why is gaikokujin more politically correct than gaijin?

While in English, the word "gaijin" is far more common than "gaikokujin", I've heard that in Japanese [外人]{がいじん} has been replaced by [外国人]{がいこくじん} for reasons of political correctness. What ...