Questions tagged [words]

言葉. Any question that does not deal specifically with grammar or pronunciation. Includes questions about prefixes, suffixes, compound words, loanwords, dialectal differences, pragmatic usage, etc. In other words, phenomena that occurs at the level of the word.

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What is a good name for a traditional japanese restaurant? [closed]

I'm making an all japanese world in my sims game and I would like to make it as authentic as I can. Anyone have any suggestions for a name for traditional japanese restaurant? Would be cool if it's ...
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Why is こと written in katakana in this sentence?

I was reading a webtoon and came across this sentence: 傷つきそうなコト言わないでね I'm aware of the meaning of this sentence, but I'm confused as to why it uses katakana here. I know that katakana is sometimes ...
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What is ateji? Are they different from on'yomi?

can someone please explain me what exactly are ateji and how they differ from on'yomi? I have been told already, but I can't get my head around it.
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I do not understand how 世間 works with 一般 in this sentence

I came across this sentence - 彼は世間一般の学生とは違っている I also read the meaning of the various kanji used here. If I'm not mistaken, 一般の学生 already means ordinary students or average students. But how does 世間 ...
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Example sentence with 酌む

I'm trying to learn the verb 酌む (to pour sake, to serve sake), but I can only find a few sentences with this verb, and in these few sentences the verb 酌む doesn't appear to express (in theory) its main ...
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働きづめ or 働きずめ? Where does that suffix come from?

While playing a game, one of the characters said (the text is in English and the voice is in Japanese): 君はずっと働きずめだったから、今日はもう寝な。 My conjecture is that the correct written form is 働きずめ, but is that ...
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Difference between 漢字辞典 and 漢和辞典

Could you please explain to me which is the difference between 漢字辞典 and 漢和辞典? For what I have understood, both dictionaries explain for a certain kanji its meaning and origin, and also tell its ...
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Example sentence with 歌謡

I'm trying to learn how to use the word 歌謡 (song). However, I'm having some trouble to find an example sentence that teaches me how to use 歌謡, and all that appears when looking for this word on Google ...
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What does "コマ" mean in this sentence?

お母さん おばあちゃん 今日のカレーは豚コマですよ〜 I looked all over the dictionary for a meaning that matches the context, but I couldn't find any.
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The reading of 灯

Recently I have discovered that there are so many 訓読み for 灯, and all of them seem to carry similar meanings, surrounding the core concept of "light." Can someone explain to me the ...
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Do these three words have the same meaning?「そーじ 」、「ソージ 」、「掃除」

These three words are pronounced the same, but do they also have the same meaning? そーじ ソージ 掃除
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What does "それ以前に天然入ってない?" mean? [duplicate]

In particular, I want to know what "入ってない" means here, as well as the meaning of the sentence on a whole.
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What do you call a ブザービーター in baseball?

Is it possible to have something similar to a buzzer beater in baseball? What is it called in Japanese? If not, how would you refer to a game-winning action in a sport?
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Is 領外{りょうがい} a common translation for "out of bounds"?

I think I've heard the word 領外{りょうがい} used several times to mean "out of bounds" (as in physically out of bounds, for instance outside of the playing field for sports). But, when I try ...
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Is no the same as not?

is いいえ/no the same as not? For example, if I said,いいえ きょう, would that mean Not Today? Or No Today? I know google translate is known to be inaccurate, but it shows both Not and No as the same, いいえ. ...
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結構{けっこう}と決行{けっこう}と欠航{けっこう}

I'm sure the YouTuber Dogen's name would not be strange to a lot of people here on this site, and I'm sure a lot of you have seen his this video where he makes fun of words that sounds similar. ...
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What are the Hiragana columns called in Japanese? [duplicate]

For instance English texts to learn Japanese will refer to ま、み、む、め、も as the Ma column, and I've even seen this terminology used in translations of Japanese material (although I unfortunately couldn't ...
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What's the difference between ぞわぞわ and ぞくぞく?

Both ぞくぞく and ぞわぞわ seem to refer to trembling/goosebumps caused by intense emotions or coldness. Is there any difference between the two, though? My intuition is that ぞわぞわ refers more to goosebumps ...
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Difference between 原因 and 理由

The posts here and here do not address the difference between 原因 and 理由. So, in short, what are the difference in usage between these words? Both seem to mean reason. 日本に来た理由は見つからない 日本に来た原因は見つからない ...
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Difference Between 手伝う, 力になる, and 役に立つ

As the title says. I'm playing the Japanese version of a game and came across the last two words. I've researched into them and the best I can describe them is that they both mean "to be helpful/...
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What is the meaning of 火怨 in a title?

Back in 2013 there was an NHK drama series 火怨・北の英雄 アテルイ伝 . In that title, I can't understand the meaning of the compound kanji "火怨", and I couldn't find any examples or reference online that ...
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Fun with synonyms - "dry up/wither/wilt/shrivel"

Please help me understand the differences in the following words meaning "dry up・out", "wither", "wilt", "shrivel": [枯]{か}れる [涸]{か}れる [萎]{しお}れる [萎]{しぼ}む [萎]{しな}...
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What are the words censored in this interview?

Interview: https://dengekionline.com/elem/000/000/623/623506/index-3.html In this interview the following passage has series of censored words. After some searching I couldn't figure out what they ...
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What role does たん play in this sentence?

To me, the sentence roughly means "You see a familiar face or something?", and I'm pretty sure of it. I just don't get what the たん here is.
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What does なるようになれだ mean?

The meaning of the sentence aside, I also wonder why だ is used at the end. Is it for emphasis or something like that?
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Difference in usage between 嬉しい and 幸せ

What is the difference between [嬉]{うれ}しい and [幸]{しあわ}せ for "happy" or "happiness"? Are these interchangeable or are there cases where one should be used over the other? If so, ...
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What does "天然記念物" mean in this context?

The dictionary I have defines this as "natural monument" and "protected species" and I don't see how it relates to the conversation at hand. Based on the context though, since the ...
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Fun with synonyms - "hand over/give/transfer"

Please help me understand the differences in the following words meaning "give up・over", "hand over", "transfer": 渡す [寄越]{よ・こ}す [譲]{ゆず}る Here are some examples from my ...
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What does this sentence mean ドリンコはママの味に? [closed]

It's a TV show episode title, so there isn't any context to be found, and I have a hard time figuring out what it means. (ドリンコはママの味に)
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What is the meaning of てもらうためかい?

Can someone please tell me what てもらうためかい means in this sentence? 波打つ潮の流れに目を向けたのは 孤独の涙を流してもらうためかい? I know that てもらう means "to have something done for you" and ため means "in order to&...
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What does ここはどことも知れぬどこででもある国 mean

The person is narrating a stage play. とくとご覧あれ ~ !‌ ここはどことも知れぬどこででもある国‌。勤勉質素を奨励するおもしろみのない王様が国を治めておりまし た‌。 The part that confuses me the most is "どことも知れぬ". As for the part that follows, I ...
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How are 造語 like ググる or スタバる used and by whom?

I'm trying to find out more about innovative verbs that come from loanwords, and i have a couple questions about them: Are they used by older people/in formal situations? Or are they really slang? I'm ...
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What is the word 喉首目?

イルーシュはがら空きになった喉首目がけて、今度は刃先を突き立てた。 The word 喉首目 is not in dictionaries, but it's used in this context simply for throat (喉). What is this word? Also, can someone confirm if けて is for 蹴る (kick), ...
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Is 君の腕に期待する a set phrase that has to do with 'skill'?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h-oI7NsS_8&t=2m21s フォックス機の操縦桿を握る、君の腕に期待するぜ。 I'm looking forward to your arm holding the control stick of the Fox aircraft. or if it means skill, then that would ...
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Why are there so many words that mean "first" (and other ordinal numbers)? What are the differences?

Here are the words that roughly mean "first" that I'm aware of, but feel free to add more: 最初 一番 一番目 一次 第一次 第一 第一位 一位 首位 What are the differences (if any) between all of them?
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Difference between the わに and がく pronunciation of 鰐

My textbook says that alligator is わに. I checked the kanji and it turns out to be 鰐. When I checked the Japanese for crocodile and alligator they seem to be the same, either 鰐/わに or 鰐魚/がくぎょ. Is there ...
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What does the word 「ならんとな」mean in this sentence?

It is said by an adult man to a young man. おれっちのみたこと あの子も かなーりの盗賊のうでを持っていそうだったぜ。 まあ あの子に負けねぇおとこにはならんとな。 In my understanding, the word 「ならんとな」 consists of 「ならない」, which means 'not become', and ...
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What does 「フトアゴヒゲ」mean in 「フトアゴヒゲトカゲ」("Central Bearded Dragon​" lizard)?

I'm guessing ヒゲ means hair, which makes sense since the lizard has "bearded" in its name. Not sure about the rest of the フトアゴ.
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What does 金一封はもらった means?

The source is from the manga Blue Period. For further context, students were split into teams to make curry, and whichever wins will get money for prize.
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Difference between 監督 and 管理 for "to control"?

So I think both 監督(かんとく)and 管理(かんり)are different from 経営(けいえい)in that 経営 refers to managing a business. However the word "control" can be used for many things in English: To have control ...
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Difference between 表立つ and 表沙汰する?

From what I understand, they both have the meaning of going public or becoming public knowledge. Is there a more nuanced difference between the two?
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Is 毎X毎X a pattern that generalizes for anything that has a 毎X form?

Can you use the 毎X毎X pattern (indicating emphasis) for anything that would take 毎X? Circumstantial evidence suggests this should work: 毎日毎日 is clearly a thing, this post uses 毎晩毎晩, so one would assume ...
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Meaning of そのすきに

I would like to know the meaning of そのすきに in the following sentence: そのすきに、何者かが忍び入って、大金を持ち去ったものにちがいない。 Context: Some money has disappeared, and every employee is looking for it.
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Function of わけ in 「あんたは悔しくないわけ?」 [duplicate]

I was wondering what the function of わけ was if you formed a sentence as a question: 「あんたは悔しくないわけ?」
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What does the word 「いっこめ」mean? [duplicate]

I came across the word from the sentences. いっこめはサービスだポ。もっていくポ。 Does it possible come from a combination of 「一個」, which means a piece or an object, and 「め」, which means somewhat or quite?
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Meaning of せないかんのよ

Reading Tokyo Ghoul I found this sentence: カミさんやらチビたちにまだまだ家族サービスせないかんのよ After looking around I more or less understand it, expect the せないかん part: I'm guessing のよ are just ending particles and せない is ...
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What does 付き合い悪くて mean?

Translation: I'm a busy man I got this from the manga "Blue Period". The translation provided above is from the official translation. From my understanding, 付き合い indicates a relationship, ...
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Origin of seemingly opposite figurative meanings of 浮く

I've recently come across the following two definitions of 浮く in two different stories: Being cheerful, happy (in context the character was happy about spending time with friend and telling her ...
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Why would there be a (笑) after 汚点?

I'm reading through a book put out by a manga publisher (Tosuisha/冬水社 if it's relevant) in 1998 that's a compilation of interview questions given to different manga characters. One of the questions ...
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What is the difference between 受け継ぐ、引き継ぐ,and 継承する?

I know these words roughly translate to "to inherit", "to take over", "to succeed", etc, but what is the difference between these words? These words were used in Attack ...

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