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What is term for the most general form of writing or text

Typing The article/text/writing was innovative in any translation software gives numerous results. After looking up the words article, text, and writing in the dictionary, I found too many options and ...
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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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Is there a native Japanese word for upgrading a document to a new format?

I have a document in an old version of a template, and I'm moving the contents into a newer version of the template. I typically describe this process as "upgrading" the document. Jisho suggests ...
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Is there a term for two words that mean the same thing, but a preference for one?

I came across the terms いい and よい and wanted to determine if there is a word used to describe two words that have the same meaning, but a preference for one. Thank you.
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What are the large free standing imitation circular “flower” arrangements in front of pachinko parlors called?

I see large brightly colored circular imitation flower arrangements that are placed at the entrances of pachinko parlors and want to know what they are called. Thank you.
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What is the term for a wishy washy person?

I used jisho.org and could not find the term. A person unable to make a decision. Thank you.
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Many people squat/sit with their buttocks almost to the ground, whats it called?

I notice Japanese people squatting in this position for long periods of time without using a chair/stool. Thank you.
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What are the envelopes used for giving money on special occasions called?

On special occasions such as weddings and on New Year's Day, envelopes that have prewritten Kanji on them and other decorative items are used for giving money. Is there a generic term for these ...
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What is the term for road rage? [closed]

I tried to explain this term to a friend with no luck. Thank you.
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What is the name of the green cross safety flag used at construction sites?

I have seen the flag flying at administrative buildings used at construction sites. Thank you.
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What is this kind of book layout called?

That may be off topic, but what is this two-row book layout called in Japanese? And to what extent is this format common?
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What is the term for the large ball shaped lights that are used to illuminate roads during construction?

I see the large lights used for illumination at night, but they are shaped kind of like a round ball and powered with generators. Thank you.
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How to say “serve” in “The server serves the request”?

In the computers field, a server serves a request (ex: web server). How to express that in Japanese? English example documentation for a method that serves a request: /** * Serve the request. */ ...
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What are the election vans called?

Vans with cute girls, loud speakers, and political candidates.
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What's the verb/verb-phrase used to described having sex(in a way that isn't dirty)?

I've found a lot of ways to describe sex, but can someone point me to the verb or verb phrase used to describe having sex in a way that isn't dirty, you know: "to have sex."
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What is the name for the sliding doors made of a wood frame with paper?

I can't find the word for what these sliding doors are called. I seem to remember shoji. Thank you.
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Is there a word for “using a wrong kanji”?

This would be probably more common when writing personal names, but can happen in a regular writing as well. Is there a Japanese word or expression for a kanji “typo” – a situation, when you use a ...
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Proper term for “study”

If I form a group of people who plan to study photography together, and I want to name that group "Photography Study" or call it a "photography study group," what word should I use for "study" in both ...
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What's the Japanese word for amanuensis?

An amanuensis is a person you dictate to and he/she writes down what you dictate. An amanuensis might also copy manuscripts. What's the Japanese word for amanuensis? Some translation tools are ...
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Saying “some seconds”

I want to qualify something that lasts some seconds. I am aware of 「暫{しばら}く」, 「少{しょう}々{しょう}」 and so on, but I am in a situation where something explicitly lasts a certain amount of seconds, like, ...
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“Uncomfortable” in the physical sense

I'm trying to say: My brother does not use headphones and earpieces because he finds them uncomfortable. And the basic sentence structure I have in mind is: 兄は (reason) からヘッドフォンやイヤフォンを使わない。 ...
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Usage of word かんじ (not 漢字, but same pronunciation)

I know 漢字 means chinese characters, but japanese people use word かんじ extensively. I don't understand when and in which context word かんじ is used and why?
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How to say “unit tests are passing”

When unit tests run successfully, in English I would say: Unit tests are passing. But how to say that in Japanese? My Japanese colleagues always say something that sounds a bit like "ユニットテストXX(...
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What is the name of “grass” used to garnish a bento (takeout meal)?

I have a piece of "grass paper"? included in my meal, want to know it's purpose. It isn't edible, and could be a choking hazard. I also don't know what it is called.
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Is there a better term than 保護シート for the sheets drunks and criminals are wrapped in?

In the Skeptics.SE question https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/36602/do-japanese-police-roll-drunks-and-criminals-into-giant-futons , one term used for sheets that police wrap drunks and ...
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Looking for a single phrase, word or even proverb for “always being condemned for whatever someone does”

Consider the situation in which an employer dislikes one of his employees. The employee is always condemned by the employer for whatever the employee does. In other words, even though the employee ...
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くゆえて or くめえて word-request

This is my first time asking a question so I'm pretty excited! Thanks a lot in advance for taking your time to read my rant. At the moment I'm working on a translation, but I'm having problems with a ...
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Does Japanese have a term for toilets that use a rubbish bin for toilet paper?

In some countries near Japan, such as Taiwan and Mongolia, there are sit-down flush toilets where you have to put toilet paper into a rubbish bin. Is there a term for such toilets? Would 台湾式トイレ (...
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Term for a goodbye that takes a long time

Like https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/30115/is-there-an-english-phrase-for-an-inability-to-actually-leave-already , but for Japanese. You're on the driveway, you're saying goodbye ... but ...
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Are there any other words for bucket relay バケツリレー?

学生たちが荷物をバケツリレー方式で運んでいる。The students are carrying luggage by the bucket relay method. Question Are there any other Japanese words with the same meaning as バケツリレー?
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Lexical Gap translation help!

I'm writing a speech in Japanese about the difference between languages and I've been trying to figure out the correct way to say "lexical gap" in Japanese. Any ideas?
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Translation of the word “informational” and “orientational”

I wonder, how could I express the same meaning for "informational" and "orientational" in Japanese? I used 有益的【ゆうえきてき】 to mean "informational" and おおよその/近似の【きんじ】 to mean orientational. But, I am ...
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What is the Japanese word for some kind of a technical diary for a machine (=機械)"?

I am looking for the Japanese word, meaning some technical diary for different types of machine, as for example a cutting machine or gluing machine, or a machine making frames, etc. This diary ...
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What's the most common way of describing weed?

In Japanese, what's the most common way of describing weed (aka cannabis)? Apparently you can use 葉っぱ, but I'm just wondering what your average stoner would use to describe there favourite 'activity'....
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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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Can a Japanese word combine both on'yomi and kun'yomi characters?

I would like to know whether a Japanese word combining at least two kanji can combine both on'yomi and kun'yomi characters, within the same word. Thanks.
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Question About Kanji 𤼵, 發, and 発

I have a question regarding this kanji: 𤼵. Is it the same kanji with this 發 or 発? The kanji of the Green dragon tiles in Japan is usually 𤼵 which is slightly different from 發 since it includes ...
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出来る{できる}: kun'yomi from Takoboto dictionary do not correspond

Can someone please help me determine why the kanji section of the Tokoboto dictionary entry for dekiru (できる) does not list a で entry by itself (with no trailing dot / nothing after the dot, and lists ...
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“Once upon a time” is to “The End” as “昔々” is to “______”?

(Question A) "Once upon a time" is to "The End" as "昔々" is to "______" ? Here are my thoughts and problems with some possible answers: ザーエンド using ザー as "the". But this seems problematic since I ...
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Difference between します and できます?

I would like to know the difference between します/しました and できます/できました. Is the difference between the two that the first one indicates action whereas the second one indicates ability (or perhaps ...
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Name of the food in the picture in Japanese and i can't identify it in English, either

What is this food? It looks like Taiyaki, however, I can't identify it.
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How to say how long an object will last?

I have a wallet that is made of a paper-like material, so I am unsure how long it will last. One other thing I am unsure about, is how to say that sentence in Japanese. My first guess would be using ...
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What is the name of paper to train how to write kanji?

I'm learning how to write hiragana, katakana and kanji. What is the name of paper that has little squares to write the Japanese characters?
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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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The word for “to host someone”

I have exhausted google and my many dictionaries. I put "host" or "to host" and don't get the word I'm looking for. The sentence I am trying to say is "are you hosting a new exchange student" and I ...
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How to use ちょうさします?

I have encountered a sentence in a localized Nihongo book here in the Philippines, and I think this expression is not for beginners. Translate: Are you looking into something interesting? ...
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“One time wonder”

I told my teacher that I wanted to start writing something for each class so that I could practice the stuff I was learning. Something like a diary if you will. Jokingly, she asked me if I was going ...
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How you would say combination in Japanese?

Someone is trying to open a safe, a briefcase, or padlock, and that person says, "What's the combination?". Referring to sequence of numbers to open said lock. What's the Japanese equivalent for ...
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Is “ランタイム時” (runtime-time) acceptable?

I'm writing a manual, and needed to say something to the effect of "at runtime", as in "Some program debugging can only be performed (or is more efficient or accurate when performed) at runtime." (...
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Is it okay if we pronounce a word with an 'r' sound in English 'R' instead of the Japanese 'R', which is somewhere in between 'L' and 'R'?

So instead of pronounce, 'la le li lo lu', I pronounce it normally, which is, 'ra re ri ro ru'. Could the Japanese tell the difference?