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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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 ...
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Is おっすused by both men and women?

I know the term means hi or hello, but is it used by both genders? My research indicates a male usage, particularly in chats. Thank you.
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How to say “Are you nuts?”

Can the following expression be used to express shock of person's actions or statements: 気が変になったか。 What are the equivalents to "Are you nuts?"
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Can the term ちわ be used as slang for こんにちわ?

The term was used in a chat and I can't find the meaning.
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How do I say “boner”?

Its a term used in English to describe an erect penis. Thank you.
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Can こんちゃbe used as a slang form of こんにちわ?

It was a typed response to me after I greeted the person in an email. I am wondering if it is a slang term or if it has a different meaning. Thank you.
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What's the meaning of “どアップしんどい”?

I found this sentence in a manga and I can't understand what it means. どアップ (or ドアップ) should mean close up, while しんどい means tiring, bothersome, hard etc., but what do they mean when they are put ...
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Are any Japanese words ever intentionally misspelled for any reason?

I came across the words "Boyz", and "EZ" in English, and wondered if any Kanji characters were used in the same way. Thank you very much.
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What is “ホラね、あった” referring to?

The scenario is two friends talking on a cell phone, A tells B she wants to tailor a piece of clothing, B offers to give her materials, A kindly declines the offer saying she'll find the materials ...
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Usage of なんでやねん

Some years ago a former co-student from Oosaka taught me the expression なんでやねん. He said it is Oosaka slang and it could be used in all kinds of funny or awkward situations, meaning something along the ...
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What is a typical Japanese term for “fake”, like in “Fake News”?

Besides obvious フェークニュース, is there a natural Japanese expression to express the idea of fake? On the same topic, how to say fake or shallow person? Is there an equivalent to plastic people in ...
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What does ㊙︎DVD mean?

everyone, Ran across this line ㊙︎DVD, with the 秘 encircled. Do any of you know what this might mean?
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営業 used in a conversation about love

Background situation: In a drama I'm watching, the main character is a women who wants to marry, quit her job and become a housewife. The guy she's interested in doesn't want to get married. Another ...
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Is アリ in そんなのアリかよ⁉︎ some type of slang?

This is a line from a sports manga (soccer), after a rather unusual shoot, but I can't seem to make sense of it: そんなのアリかよ!? I have no idea what the "ari" in here refers to? Is this some slang? Some ...
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Is レジ used as a contraction of registration?

The page 自分で手続きワーキングホリデー seems to be using レジ as short for "registration". But as far as I know, レジ is used as short for "[cash] register", not "registration", and the Australian English slang for "...
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Facebook Quote Translation Informal Language [closed]

I would like the following quote translated for me. It comes from my sister who is going through a tough time right now. Unfortunately, we grew up apart. I grew up in Oklahoma and she grew up in Tokyo....
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Using of あたまおかしい in various situation and translation

Recently, I found a joke about CPU Cores/Threads here. I catch attention on the word "あたまおかしい" which in this context is probably: It is crazily/insanely fast. Right? But I have seen many use of "...
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Saying かわいい to a guy

I have two questions about the famous k word in japanese. I have seen this conversation between a guy and a girl and was a little bit puzzled by the girl's answer: Guy : xxx-ちゃんはかわいいです Girl : ...
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what does クソリプ means?

I guess it's a short for クソリプライ which literally means shit reply. But what is "shit reply"? Is it similar to "shitpost"? I don't really understand its meaning along with where and when you would use ...
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What does ま? mean?

Japanese "ま?"と話している人を見たことがあります。あれっ?と思ったのですが、会話が成立しています。何かの略語だと思いますが、分かりません。もちろん辞書にも載っていません。 ま?の意味は何でしょうか。 English I have seen people who say "ま?" I thought what?, but they were ...
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What is the origin/etymology of the phrase “ばかな” meaning “impossible!”

Preface: I do not know Japanese, so please forgive any misnomers and inaccuracies. Also please forgive the crude transcriptions of the Japanese sounds; I mean no offense. When watching anime/playing ...
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What's the difference between 自転車 and チャリ?

I have always used 自転車 to express my use of a bicycle, when out of nowhere, my word-of-the-day drops チャリ onto my lap, saying it means the same thing. So now I'm left to wonder: what's the difference ...
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I have trouble understanding this: 棚からなんとやらだ

I'm having trouble understanding this sentence from a soccer manga I like to read. There is not much context to the sentence, and further, the character often uses slang. The whole sentence is this: ...
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What does ああまでされて mean in this sentence?

Thanks in advance for your help. I'm reading a manga (full of slang, which makes it so hard!) and I ran across this sentence: (panel 1) 俺だったら素直に喜べたか!? ああまでされて (panel 2) 追い詰められて!? To get you the ...
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How to say “You are lying!”

How do I say "You are lying!" in a joking way? Can I say: 嘘{うそ}だよ or is there a friendlier way to say it?
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What does みてえじゃ in this sentence mean?

What does みてえじゃ in this sentence mean ? 困ってるみてえじゃねえか。
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How/when is くる used to mean difficult/unpleasant?

In this video, a Japanese YouTuber says the following: 美味しいですけど、ご飯の同じ量と卵の同じ量って、ちょっと卵のほうがきますね。でも美味しいです。 It seems like きます means むずかしい here. Some other examples: (辛い食べ物を食べた後に)これは後からくる! ...
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What does 「諜づかいがオタナリ」 mean?

I came across this sentence as a bullet point on a manga character's info sheet. I think it may be alternatively written 「諜使いがヲタナリ」 since I gather 「ヲタナリ」 means something like “otaku wannabe”, is that ...
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Could somebody explain what this phrase means?

The phrase is: あたしたちでつくっちゃえばいいんだよ、運命{うんめい}なんか。 So far from what I understand: あたしたち is a feminine version of "we", つく would be 作{つく}, which is "to do something"/"make something", I believe, and ...
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What is the meaning of ダッサ?

I don't understand the meaning of ダッサ in the following sentence: なんだこいつらダッサ面白れえ! The context is a fight between two enemy factions. I think it is a contraction of ダサい "uncool" but I don't ...
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what is the meaning of 悪ぃ

I have come across this a few times when reading: 悪ぃ(わりぃ). I have seen it used as an expression and as an adj. from the context it looks like it carries a meaning of "sorry" or "my bad". is this a ...
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Meaning of ボロカスにされる

I'm reading a manga and came across the following lines (in it A is talking to someone else about a third party C): A: バカめが! A: Cにボロカスにされるがいいわ!! Most dictionaries I've looked at put ボロカス as a sort ...
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Gruff translation of ん

I am trying to translate the following line: 「ン…そこにすわっていろ」 This line occurs after the gruff villain of the story is handed some files he asked for. It seems that "Yes...sit down over there." ...
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Can't understand this idiom, is this slang?

"デカくてトロくて." This is from a manga I'm reading, and here is the whole sentence "デカくてトロくて使いやすいジャンプ台だった." For context purposes, this is a soccer manga and refers to a part where a forward was sure to be ...
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how should 断面神 be interpreted?

I'm stuck trying to guess what 断面神 might be. Context: Expressing astonishment it's possible to find a place in Tokyo where croissant is about as good as in Paris (while looking at a photograph of ...
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Usage/context of 「私ね…」

Surely the biggest issue here is that I'm trying to learn usage from anime dialogue, which should almost always be taken with the biggest grain of salt possible. But it comes up often enough that it's ...
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What does ゴリってる mean?

I assume it's some slang that comes from ゴリラ perhaps. I found many examples of it being used in completely different situations and now I'm very confused... Apparently there is even a small book about ...
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What's a “ship” called in Japan?

It's the "ship" from relationship, and generally refers to a romantic or sexual pairing/couple that an individual finds enjoyment from and/or supports. I know about the naming conventions (eg. サスサク), ...
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Is there a slang meaning to “ダニ~ナアア…”? [closed]

"ダニ" said with a hard "ダ" and soft "ニ" is a bug. But, isn't "ダニ" with a soft "ダ", hard "ニ", and trailing "ナアアア" a slang term? It means something like "he/she is a no good person who is inconsiderate ...
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japanese verb for “to surf the internet”

What are the Japanese words which express surfing the internet/browsing the internet/being on the internet both formal and informal? I stumbled upon this problem while trying to find a way to say "I ...
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Phrase/word for “human to god” love / idolatry?

A Korean friend used a word that I believe was a Japanese loan word, that he said meant a "human to god" kind of love - an 'inferior' being loving or idolizing a 'superior' one. It wasn't a phrase but ...
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Meaning of sentence「最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる。」

I'm self studying Japanese and I read horror stories to build my reading skills. Recently I came across this sentence that I can't figure out: 最近よくじわ怖スレ見てるからビビりになってる I can't understand what do じ, ...
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What are appropriate contexts for saying “趣味悪い”?

Doesn't 趣味悪い{しゅみわるい} basically means "to have a bad sense of style / taste;". It is slang, and it sounds funny to say to a guy. It sounds playful, but could be taken as impolite if the listener wants ...