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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Full っている vs shorter ってる: slang or official tool

I know, that I can skip い in building continuous form of a verb. For example: 雪が降っている。 雪が降ってる。 are equal and mean: [It's snowing.] Question: how legal is it to skip い in case like this? ...
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What does ぎゃんかわ女子 mean?

From the lyrics from this song say the following: ねぇねぇ君~ そこのぎゃんかわ女子~ I'm having trouble figuring out what "ぎゃんかわ" means. Is maybe this is a conjugation of a verb that I don't recognize? Maybe a ...
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What is the word for “man cave”?

In English, the term is used for a special room where a man sets things up for his own personal use and enjoyment, his private space for entertainment and hobbies. The room is decorated and used by ...
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Usage of -shi after a name

I have noticed this other very similar question: Naming suffix -氏 (-し) used by an otaku character in anime Now the point is: in another anime, namely O Maidens in your savage season - which is ...
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How would I say homey in Japanese? [duplicate]

A person is my homey! Like a real close friend/bro. How would I say homey in Japanese? The closest words that I can find are tomodachi and yuujin, but this may also be a slang term in Japanese too.
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Couple of slangs I've heard when watching anime

In one of the animes I've watched recently (can't recall the title), I heard words like "チーズ" (Not sure if this is how it's spelt in katakana since I only heard the word, but as for how its pronounced ...
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です to すslang amongst japanese natives [duplicate]

I recently noticed some of my rather elderly male (30 to late 30-ish) japanese colleagues (native japanese) loves shortening です to す. Ie: 大丈夫ですか becomes 大丈夫すか. So, I myself have started picking up ...
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Is there a slang word/phrase for “Floor it”?

英辞郎 gives アクセルをべた踏みする as one of the translations of "floor it" but while this has the same meaning, it can't really be used in the imperative. I mean,「べた踏みしろー!」「べた踏みにしようぜ!」sounds rather...uncool, ...
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Extremely casual way to make requests to very close friends

How does one make a very casual "request" to a good friend. I know that the て form is used to make a request that is fairly casual, but it doesn't sound "casual enough". For example, 食べて, would ...
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Is 「っしょ」possibly a colloquial sentence ending particle?

In this chapter of Chainsawman I saw this 「いいっしょ」 and am confused by what it means. Are there any other particles like this? I don't see this on any lists online. Thanks!
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What does the “きゃ” in “していきゃがらなかった” stand for?

I read this phrase in a visual novel: "こいつが出かける前に、きっちり支度をしていきゃがらなかったからじゃねぇかっ!?" I don't get what the "きゃ" means in this context. If it's short for "ikeba", I can't make sense of "がらなかった" ("didn't ...
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adding んー to the end of a phrase (e.g. いつ帰ってくるんー?)

A friend recently texted me 'いつ帰ってくるんー?'. I understand the question, but I don't understand why んー would be added to the end of the verb. Is this to add emphasis or emotional context?
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でようか slang for で良いか? [closed]

This is the sentence I heard in an anime. コーヒーでようか or コーヒーでよか. I definitely did not mishear it for yoi 良い. Is this some slang for yoi? If so, which is the correct one? Stress or no vowel stress.
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圧が強い what's the meaning?

What exactly means to describe someone saying "圧が強い" (atsu ga tsuyoi) . I know that's something related with "the person has a strong pressure" or "the pressure in that person is strong" but I was ...
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What does 嵐にしやがれ mean?

I recently stumbled accross the japanese tv show 嵐にしやがれ and have been wondering what its title means. 「しやがれ」doesn't appear in any dictionary I use, but I found some rather unreliable online sources ...
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What's your problem? in Japanese

-どうしましたか。 -せきが出ます。 Apparently, this is a dialogue between a doctor and a patient. The doctor says, "What is the problem?" and the patient answers, "I have a cough." How could we naturally say "...
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What are some special ways to use よく besides “often” and “well”?

I’ve seen よく used in a variety of contexts outside of the basic “often” and “well”. 「よくよくのことがないと実家には帰らない。」 「よく聞いたら試験は、明日だった。」 「よく言うよ!」 Just a few examples. What are some different ways it can be ...
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What does it mean when みたいな is at the end of a sentence?

彼ももうちょっとがんばればよかったのに..、みたいな…。 or なんか、お腹減った、みたいな… Just for some examples. Is it some sort of filler? I understand normal uses of みたい but I don’t understand what it means at the end of a sentence.
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How to use the colloquial word 「アリ」? [duplicate]

Recently I saw it used and I don’t quite get it. The only source i found said it was like asking if you would do something or if it’s normal to do something? Please help!
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What does オト mean here?

I ran along this sentence while reading a novel online. To put it into context, 3 guys were drinking beer at home to celebrate something. Guy 1 had his arm around Guy 2's neck in a friendly way. Guy 2 ...
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What is the etymology of タマ in タマを取る?

It seems that when spoken by/in regards to Yakuza, the phrase タマを取る means to take someone's life. However, I've seen some explanations saying タマ comes from 頭{あたま} and others say that it comes from 魂{...
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What does できなさすぎる mean?

So I know that すぎる means too much, like 昨日お酒を飲みすぎた, etc. but when it comes to something like: 何々をすることができなさすぎる Does it mean: 1 - I can't do "this" at all. or 2 - I can't do "this" too much. So ...
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How do you say “canon” as in “official for a story universe”?

There's specific words out there like 正典 meant for the Bible, but what's the common term for referring to a story. As in "the Christmas Special isn't canon for the Star Wars universe". I figure there ...
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What does ウン歳 mean?

I recently heard a woman describe herself as a 四十{よんじゅう}ウン歳{さい}. My guess is that it is the Japanese equivalent of "40-something", but I am not sure.
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What is the meaning of まっちろけ?

For example, まっちろけなお弁当になっちゃった。 (context: it's lunch) or どれも、なんかまっちろけでさ。 (context: scene of an accident) Does it have something to do with 真っ白, masshiro? I think it may be some sort of obscure ...
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The meaning of 振り in 無茶振り

We know the meaning of 振り in 手振り身振り is "imitation," combined with words 手 and 身 to form the meaning of "use of gestures and body languages to mimic." But in the word 無茶振り, 振り does not seem to mean "...
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ガンアゲ translation/meaning

Can someone tell me the meaning of ガンアゲ? It's giving me a hard time The sentence is 気分になると一気にガンアゲになっし
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What is the etymology of モテる?

Where does モテ come from? モテる to be popular with opposite sex.
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まあいいか or まあいっか or まあええか or まあえっか

I noticed some people write the following, まあいいか or まあいっか or まあええか or まあえっか Which is the correct one? What is the etymology of this expression, and for what situation? Please give me some examples....
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Is there a slang equivalent to “It's on!” [closed]

Basically looking for the slangy equivalent to "oh, it's ON!" or "it's on now!" Assuming there is one. I realize that not all slang is universal. ;)
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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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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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「○○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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Alternate meaning for えぐい

One of the dictionary definitions for えぐい is "amazing". I've never actually come across this sense of the word in any sentences. Does anyone have examples of where native writers have used えぐい to ...
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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: ...