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Questions tagged [slang]

俗語. Words, expressions, etc. considered very informal, usually used mostly by in-groups, such as young people, and easily affected by trends and fashions.

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Usage of デーハー in daily life or conversation as 'slang'

When I was looking for an equivalent word for 'loud' in Japanese, I stumbled on this word: デーハー: Slang Na-adjective, Noun showy; loud; gay; flashy; gaudy It also says: See also 派手 はで (...
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What is the meaning of the slang ~じゃてえ?

I'd like to know what ~じゃてえ exactly means when located at the end of verbs and/or adjectives. Do young people use it rhetorically? The whole sentence is: なのにのう ズイブンじゃてえ
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Meaning of “さっきまで都会風ぶっこいてたんだよ”

Here's the context: A: 始めまして B: 始めまして C: 東京から[引]{ひ}っ[越]{こ}して来た子だよ B: 東京 どれくらい東京にいたの A: [幼稚園]【ようちえん】から4月までいました B: じゃ 私なんかよりも都会っ子だね C: よりって ひか姉[根]【ね】っこからの[田舎]【いなか】っ子じゃん ...
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Naming suffix -氏 (-し) used by an otaku character in anime

In the anime Steins;Gate 0, the male otaku-character Hashida Itaru calls female characters with suffix -し. For example: Makise Kurisu - Makise-shi Kiryuu Moeka - Kiryuu-shi What does this ...
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Need help with contradictory sentence

This is relatively simple sentence, but one part contradict another, so I don't understand what it should mean: 「なによこの気持ち悪い生き物は。海の生き物?気持ち悪すぎて、一周回って可愛いわね」 My attempt to translate it is: It's too ...
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気をっけて - Why the small っ? [closed]

I'm currently viewing a bunch of tweets about Typhoon Jebi in Kansai, and I'm seeing a lot of people writing 気を[っ]{L}けて specifically with a small っ. Is this just some type of stylization? If so, ...
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Is there any slang for 絞首刑?

In English it is quite common to use the expression "to get the chair" to refer to the death penalty. For example: He committed such a terrible crime, I hope he gets the chair. * The word 絞首刑, "...
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Does a bear sh*t in the woods? Rhetorical affirmations in Japanese. Is there any?

I could not find anything on this website nor with a (quick I admit) search on Google. Does Japanese have any "yes phrase" (or more technically rhetorical affirmation) used to answer questions whose ...
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Meaning of 小動物系

Context: a man reads some online posts after accusing another man of being a pedofile. What is the meaning of 小動物系? Considering the context and the fact that images of young girls came out when I ...
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Is there a term similar to ASL when used in chats?

The abbreviation means age, sex and location. It is used frequently in English. Is there a similar term used in Japanese?
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「○○は草」とはどういう意味でしょうか?

Abemaの麻雀チャンネルを見ていたら、人のコメントの一部または全部をコピーして、最後に「は草」を付けて送信する人がいました。 例えば、コメント欄がとても盛り上がっていた時に「コメント読みてえのに多すぎて読めねえんだよ だから各自で控えろ」というコメントがありました。 これに対して コメントを控えろは草 と送ってきました。 このようなことをいろんなコメントでずっと繰り返していました。...
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What is the meaning of 見たいない? [closed]

Why use 見たいない instead of 見たくない? Does it infer a different meaning? I found it in this sentence: 一定の点数に見たいない者は2次試験を受けることができない.
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understanding what sounds like 「だけどお値段はもっていません。」

西友 CM 盛ってます編 懐中電灯盛り。 The flashlight style. 角ハンガー盛り。 The corner hanger style. 延長コード盛り。 The extension cord style. ジャポニカ学習帳盛り。 ...
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using 老人 to describe an item

I saw an article (in a website that has both English and Japanese versions) translates the following sentence “The 70-year old architecture of existing processors is inadequate to meet today’s deep ...
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やばたにえん(yabatanien) explanation?

So, I've come across the phrase やばたにえん online a couple of times, and I can't seem to find what it means. Multiple online translators fail to give me a translation, and searching on google for the ...
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What does Puu / プー mean?

There's a slang word "poo" in Japanese that means something along the lines of "unemployed" but does it describe a specific situation? For example "NEET" which is also used in Japan, ニート, means "Not ...
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Meaning of [何]{なに}それ

I was watching the show Aggretsuko (アグレッシブ烈子) and when the main character [烈子]{れつこ} is invited to go work at her friend's shop, she gets really happy and excited at the prospect of leaving her current ...
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Is there a trend in Japanese similar to Pig Latin or Martian Chinese?

There are of course multiple individual slang expressions where you use Latin alphabet and numbers such as ww, W, ggrks, wktk, kwsk, etc. However, is there any specific system or argot made just for ...
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Japanese demonyms for each other

In many cultures people will make nicknames for the residents of a certain region, for example Cockneys / Brummies in Britain, or Yankees / Hillbillies in the US. Are there any common nicknames ...
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Slang expressions

I want to know what this commentator's expressions means: CONTEXT: a soccer commentator before a match. ヘイ!きょうもげんきにドリッブッてるかい!ぜんごくちゅうがくせいサッカーたいかいはまもなくキックオフだ! Hey! Are you ready to dribble in ...
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What is くらんたぁのクセして?

The following line is from the movie 仁義なき戦い. Near the beginning of the movie, a yakuza guy (上田) was collecting protection money on another guy's turf (土井). A moment later 土井 found this out and yelled: ...
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~てりゃ meaning in this sentence [duplicate]

I'm dealing with some TV character's lines that speak in slang, and I don't understand what is the meaning of this "~てりゃ" in the following sentence: 適当にやってりゃいいだろう。 Here the context: There are ...
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~かなんだか meaning in this sentence

I'm dealing with some TV character's lines that speak in slang. Speaking about a snob girl, she say this to another character near to her: 名門かなんだか知らねえが、あのうえから目線が本当にむかつくぜ。 To me, the general ...
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“Neee” instead of one's name or before his name — what does this mean?

When someone - my friend - says "neeee" to me, what does it mean? It's not when I say something and they respond "neeee" or "sou da yo neee". It's when "neee" is used either by itself, or instead of ...
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How to say “Tough guy”

I'm looking for slang that means something like "tough guy" in a complimentary way. If someone did something awesome like fight off a robber or save someone, to the point where women envy him and men ...
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“なんてこったい こりゃいったい” is this some kind of slang?

As something I've come across and always wondered about, what is the meaning of "なんてこったいこりゃいったい"? I assume that it's like, to show disbelief or surprise but I'm not quite sure. Also, is this ...
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Is “勝ったつもりでいやがる” grammatically correct?

I would like to know if Noun+でいる is grammatically correct, and when to use the sentence structure. Here is how I analyze the sentence: 勝った + つもり(N, thought) + でいる + やがる(inflection, showing contempt) ...
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Meaning of 「ブリった」

I was listening to a Japanese rap the other day, and came across the word 「ブリった」. A comment on the video said it meant "get high". I tried searching for the meaning online, and the only answer I could ...
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what does わかん mean?

Someone has left the following comment on a music video on youtube: 「Crying End Rollは名盤、はっきりわかんだね。」 Crying end roll is the name of the album, which the song in the video is on. is わかん a shortening ...
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Meaning of 電凸 in suicide context

Context: in a manga, a video of a person filming himself with a smartphone while committing suicide jumping in front of a train has the following title: 早朝にガチの電凸してみた As far as I understood from ...
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What does れれっ mean?

れれっ? 本当にないっすか?  んー、おっかしいなぁー It's a conversation from video game, one of the characters is surprised by the answer of his companion. My guess it's something like "Huuuh? Not really? Hmmm, ...
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What does ビー means in this sentence?

鼻から、デロデロ、ビー! I heard デロデロ is 'soggy' or 'drunk/intoxicated', so that means something soggy from the nose... Is it a snot? And what is ビー?
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How to say f*** yeah in Japanese

I often get asked about swear words by Japanese people. As I sometimes watch Netflix, I can see how other translators approach these phrases and get helpful hints. Specifically, I'm curious about the ...
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In what circumstances is it appropriate to use the word 連中

From the contexts in which I have heard it used, and also according to jisho.org, the word 連中{れんちゅう} appears to be a fairly informal word, on par with the use of the word "lot" in British English as a ...
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Japanese word for “savage” (modern usage)

I am trying to translate some dialogue in which one person calls another "savage", in the modern sense of 'brutally direct and merciless in criticism, humor, or behavior.' My question is: is there a ...
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~ないかな (Negative Verb Form with Positive Translation)

I encountered the following as I was reading chapter 29 of the manga かぐや様は告らせたい (images of the section are linked below if it matters). The lines are stated by a very cynical, depressive type ...
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Meaning of モロ in boxing

An ex boxer punches a man and then says: おっと… 勢い余ってとどめ入れちまった。生きてる? The man that was punched manages to stand up. At this point, a friend of the puncher says: マジか… 所沢さんのモロもらって… I think that the ...
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Japanese equivalent of “caught red handed”?

Is there a colloquial phrase in Japanese that would be the same as or similar in meaning to the English phrase "caught red handed"?
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Why だからよ is considered “girly talk” and だからね is not?

So I was talking to a friend when he told me, as the title says, that: だからよ is "girly talk" but だからね is correct for instance: 昨日は楽しい、お酒を飲んだからね (according to him, totally ok and natural) ...
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Japanese slang - まんじ、マンジ、卍

Teenage kids in Japan seem to be using this word a lot these days and it doesn't really have any real meaning? (in the sense that they are using it) まんじ! I've seen different kinds on twitter etc ...
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How to write long sound to emphasize words?

For example, I want to emphasize the word しらない by saying shiiiiiranai, しいいいらない seems a little bit weird to me. How do you write this in japanese character, can we also write this in the form of kanji?
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Meaning of Japanese slang phrase「モロです」?

Can somebody provide a explanation of the meaning of the term モロ as used in the phrase 「モロです」? I see references describing もろ/モロ as an adverb meaning "completely" or "totally" but that doesn't seem ...
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What does やるな mean when it isn't being used to say “Don't do it”? [duplicate]

I've often heard it translated as "Not bad," but I haven't able to find anything first hand written about its usage as a compliment. Can anyone tell me more about it?
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Is this some kind of Japanese slang?

I am working on amateur translation for a videogame, this game was originally in Japanese and another team translated the texts into English. Check out this video, from the English subtitles (...
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Is 小判{こばん} understood as a slang term for coins or money in general?

I watched this video in which the story is supposed to be a folk tale but everybody speaks an exaggerated ギャル語 slang. The video has subtitles that explain all the ギャル語 words. The word 「[KBN]{ケービーエヌ}」 ...
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Pronunciation of「ww」(笑い)

In Japanese internet slang, you see people use「ww」to mean something like "lol". I was curious how this would be pronounced if read aloud. In English, I hear people say either /ɛl oʊ ɛl/ or /lɑl/ for "...
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Meaning of チャラいわり

Context: some guys are beating up a high-school girl to extort money from her. Then she says(in a defiant tone I think): 今時かつあげ?チャラいわりにやるコトは古いのね I checked this question about チャラ, but I didn't ...
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Meaning of なっちゃねぇ

Context: a boy tells to a trainer that he wants to become a boxer, so the trainer starts testing the boy's skills. After seeing that he's strong, the trainer says "なっちゃねェな". I think it is a ...
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Meaning of はにゃせ or はにやせ

Context: two people are walking on a street and a tramp says to them: はにゃせー、バカヤロー I'm not sure if it's はにゃせ or はにやせ, because it is written in small fonts, I am attaching an image so you can tell. ...
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Another language question regarding tomodachi

my college product line for next year is currently called Tomodachi. however because someone owns this word in the USA I was hoping to find something similar. Americans really like the 'dachi' part ...