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What's the original Japanese word for door, other than the loanword ドア?

I assume that ドア is a loanword from English, unless it's a big coincidence, yet, it's in the top 200 most used Japanese words by frequency, in a Japanese words by frequency list. What's the original ...
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Is there a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

There are kanji, katakana and hiragana, but is there a native word or phrase for the union of these sets?
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How do you respond when someone knocks on the toilet door?

If you were using the toilet and someone knocked on the door what would be the common response to indicate it was occupied? I noticed some Japanese people knock back, but it is not always possible, ...
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What is the Japanese word or phrase for “to post on the internet”?

How do you say "to post something on the internet"? Are there different words for different kinds of posts, for example: a blog entry a comment a piece of information, like a translation or a recipe ...
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What is the proper term for a bug fix with respect to Software Development

In English, when dealing with Software Development we sometimes refer to the word "fix" in order to describe some code change which makes an attempt to fix a bug, or problem in the code. For example: ...
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How do you say “funny”?

The English word "funny" means "something that makes one laugh". What is/are the closest Japanese word/words that match the meaning and the nuance of the word "funny"? Two possible matches are 楽しい【...
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What do you call young animals in Japanese?

In English we have a lot of very specific words for many animals. Male foxes are known as reynards or tods, female foxes are known as vixens, and baby foxes are known as kits. It's not an isolated ...
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Doubled and tripled kanji

I like looking for kanji with a high 画数, and I have found that they largely coincide with kanji that consist of 2 or 3 copies of another kanji (often Examples: 龍 -> 龖(x2), 龘(x3) 馬 -> 驫(x3) 車 -> 轟(...
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Is using 人口 when referencing animal populations alright?

I am writing about that Isle of Dogs movie and I wanted to write 日本の犬の人口. Since it has the character for person in it, I was wondering if it is appropriate for animals. Any help would be appreciated!
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How would you translate “more” for use as an interface button?

I'm working on an interface that includes several tabs to organize information about a topic. In the English version, the last tab is labeled "More", and it shows additional details about the topic. ...
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A word like 猫舌{ねこじた} for spice?

Someone who can't eat piping hot food can be referred to as a 猫舌{ねこじた}. Is there an analogous word/idiomatic expression for someone who can't eat very spicy food? The closest related word I could ...
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Japanese term for morning office mantra ritual

This is a follow-on question to this question which was asked on the English Language stack. The phenomenon in question is the typical Japanese workplace ritual where team members will begin the day ...
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What is the opposite of 初心者?

As in, I want to say veterans/old hats at doing something instead of beginners at doing something. Edit: Thank you for all the responses. I wasn't looking to imply skill, so I think 経験者 is the word I ...
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How is 空気を読む translated into English?

I've often seen 'read the air' (literal translation) or 'read between the lines' but is there a better rendition of this concept in English? Or does it just not exist?
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How does one write P.S. (post scriptum) in Japanese?

How does one write P.S. (post scriptum) in Japanese? Dictionary translates postscript as 追伸, but is that the compound one would use at the end of a Japanese letter or e-mail?
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What to call the characters-based decoration found in many announce emails

Many emails received from Japanese companies contain characters-based dingbat-style ornament like this: ■□■□■□──────────────────────────── blablablablablablablabla ────────────────────────────■□■□...
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Is there a name for the promotional packs of tissues peculiar to Japan?

Anybody who has visited a Japanese city will have noticed that peculiar type of advertising not common elsewhere. Packets of tissues containing some promotional offer or even quite like a calling ...
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Describing aptronyms (names that fit their owner)

I thought of this after seeing a news article about 星出{ほしで}彰彦{あきひこ}, who is an astronaut. Aptronym is a term for a name (often the surname) that fits a person's occupation or personality. A classic ...
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Japanese equivalent of the phrase “wrapped around your finger”?

The English phrase "wrapped around your finger" usually means that a male is so fond of a girl that she can get him to do almost anything she wants, or to give her whatever she wants. In my case, it ...
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Are there more terms similar to 上京 or 来阪 for going to Japanese cities?

I've seen that 上京する "going to Tokyo", 来阪する "going to Osaka" are used to refer to visiting these cities. What other terms are in use for visiting other cities? Which of them are commonly understood?
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What would the Japanese equivalent of “Order!” be when gaveling?

What's the Japanese equivalent of the "Order!" shouted when a judge or speaker of the house gavels their assemblies?
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What are the Japanese names of the columns in a Kana chart? (Vowels, K, S, T…)

Here is a typical Kana chart presented in gojūon order: In English, I refer to the first column in the chart as the 'vowels' and I refer to every other column in the chart with the first letter of ...
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What would be the most apt word in kanji, for “Animal world”?

Okay, that may sound a little confusing, and no, not looking for the name of a zoo or theme park here XD Essentially, simply put, I'm writing a novel, and for that, building a world around it. Yes, ...
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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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How to say at most one?

Let's assume that I want to define the concept of injective function: A function f is said to be injective if each element of the domain has at most one image. which would become something like ...
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How to say “workaround/quick-and-dirty hack”

How to say "workaround/quick-and-dirty hack" in Japanese in the context of computer programming? ALC says 次善策 for "workaround" but of course it does not convey the sense of dirtiness/fragility/speed ...
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How to express the phrase “overrated” or “over-…”

What is the natural way to express the concept of 'overrated'? For example "this actor is overrated". The nearest I can think of is この役者はこうひょうかすぎる。But I don't know if this is even grammatically ...
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How can I say “Flash-forward”?

I've been thinking about a way to say "Flash-forward two years in the future, he is now a school-teacher. or something of the like. 二年後、彼は今教師です。 is what I thought of. Does this even make ...
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Small towels to wipe sweat off

I was in Japan recently and am trying to remember the name for a small towel the Japanese may use to wipe the sweat off their faces in the summer. I was hoping to buy one for myself in the U.S. Do ...
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What is an expression that means “of course!” as if suddenly realizing something?

I know that もちろん is often used to mean something like "of course (you may)" or even "naturally, ..." However, what would an equivalent expression be for "of course!", used as an interjection as a ...
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Is there a Japanese term to express the concept of “Comfort Zone”?

According to Wikipedia, it would be "舒适区" IN CHINESE- I would like to know if this is valid and recognizable in Japanese, too, or if there are more specific/nuanced terms to convey the same idea in ...
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A word used in fandoms “headcanon”-is there a word in Japanese for it?

I talk with a couple of Japanese users on social media and I was wondering what other words can I use to say "Oh, I have this theory", or "I imagine this and that about those characters". Up until now ...
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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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How to convey the best possible word in japanese for 'I want to clobber him'?

I'm having difficulty choosing word for 'to clobber' in Japanese. What I mean for this 'Clobber' is to beat thoroughly and conclusively in a fight competition. I wonder if I can use these words: ...
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What is the female equivalent for 「ご主人様」 or “master?”

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe novel, the character Aslan orders centaurs and eagles to chase a wolf, saying, "He will be going to his mistress." He is referring to the wolf's female master,...
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What's the Japanese word for the stuff after the credits of a movie?

In English, we call footage that plays after the credits of a movie a "stinger". See, for example, the wiktionary entry, definition 8: A scene shown on films or television shows after the credits. ...
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A word like マシ without the negative connotation

When asking, "which is better," in Japanese, I could write どっちがマシ? However マシ has a negative connotation, implying that even though something is better it's still undesirable. What's a word like マシ ...
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A name for common words that use uncommon kanji?

I didn't see a duplicate for this in the similar questions, so here goes. Is there either a list of words like this, or a name for this type of word (made of two very rare/complex kanji, but the word ...
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Is there a general/default word for “to wear”?

I've been introduced to 着る (for things you put on like a shirt) and 履く (for things you put on like pants) in class, but is there a general way to just say something like wear clothes? Or must the "...
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How can I say “I insist on paying” (for a free item) to a shopkeeper?

This is related to a question on the Interpersonal Skills site about refusing free goods from shopkeepers, etc., and paying for them instead. (Note: I'm not the OP of that question, I'm not blind or ...
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What's the Japanese equivalent of having a “F**k Buddy”?

Does Japanese have a word for someone who's your "fuck buddy"? You know, someone decently attractive with whom you have all the sex of a relationship without all the romance and rituals. Does ...
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What's the proper verb for opening a web page?

What's the proper verb to use when you want to ask somebody to open (or load up) a certain link on their browser?
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Words for observatory tower such as Tokyo Sky Tree, Umeda Sky Building, etc

What is the word used in Japanese for [Observatory Tower] such as Sky Tree, Umeda Sky Building, or any similar high tower? (not limited to broadcasting tower, but rather place where people can observe ...
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Positive and negative Loneliness

In his book A Philosophy of Loneliness author Lars Svendsen describes two different types of "being alone". Loneliness is used to name the feeling that you are alone, and you feel desperate about ...
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Does 同級生 mean “classmate” instead of “batchmate” despite the meanings of the individual kanji?

I was looking for the word "batchmate" (entered the same year as you/in the same school grade, i.e. in between 先輩 and 後輩), and found some answers (1,2) on this site that gives 同級生 as a ...
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How to call this framing problem in Japanese?

How to call a picture where due to a camera handling error or inopportune subject move, the subject is not at the intended place (for instance center of the picture), but instead at the edge of the ...
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How do I say organize in Japanese as in organize an event?

I am aware of the word for organizing a cabinet, organizing a room, but what is the word when one wants to say that a person organized an event, as in a person arranging an event or a gathering?
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What is the Japanese term for the postwar economic miracle?

In France they have "Les Trente Glorieuses" and in Germany the "Wirtschaftswunder". What is the analog in Japanese? Edit to elaborate: In the case of France there is a very specific term -- "The ...
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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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Being caught in an act?

What would be the proper way to phrase such an action, particularly in a casual way? Say, the phrase “Oh, I guess you caught me.” How might a native speaker say this? I know in a criminal context of ...

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