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"雷{かみなり}" is thunder, or lightning, or both?

Yes, 雷 refers to both the lightning and the sound caused by it. If you need to distinguish, the specific term for the visible discharge of the light is 稲妻【いなずま】, and the specific word for the sound ...
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What is Bowser saying in Super Mario RPG? よって! (includes picture)

This よって is the te-form of よる, which is an auxiliary verb that expresses disdain. Compared to やがる, よる sounds relatively old or dialectal. See this and this. The te-form is sometimes used with an ...
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Why is ostracism called 村八分【むらはちぶ】?

During the Edo period, villages traditionally had 10 communal activities: 冠 - 成人式 - coming of age ceremony 婚 - marriage 建築 - helping with building/repairing 病気 - helping when sick 水害 - ...
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The different meanings of "life"? 生気/生活/ライフ/生命/一生/人生/命

生活【せいかつ】 is English life, livelihood, or living; day-to-day activities of people. 命【いのち】 is life; it's something we lose when we die. Synonyms: 生【せい】、生命【せいめい】 生気【せいき】 is more like liveliness, spirit,...
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Meaning of 見る in 「1日から2日は見て」

取り寄せるのに1日から2日は見ておいたほうがいいからね。 You know, (expect) it takes at least one day or two before the product arrives (to our office/department). This 見る is "to expect", "to estimate", etc. See the tenth ...
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Difference between 怒り{いかり} and 怒り{おこり}

As a noun Only 怒り【いかり】 stands as a noun anger, rage, fury etc. (Accent in Tokyo: いかり{LHH}) As a verb gerund (連用形) It's basically a matter of distinction between おこる and いかる. Both mean "to get ...
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ガードがばがばになっから meaning

バカが: "You fool!" が: not a subject marker but a vocative-like particle; see this ガード: [noun] "guard" (in this context, refers to psychological defense or skepticism against the seducer) がばがば: [...
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How to say "weeaboo" in Japanese?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. It depends on how you want to use this word. ウィアブー or ウィーアブー is not something an average Japanese speaker would understand, and that's why it's not on jisho....
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What does Ukiyo (浮世) mean?

うきよ was originally 憂き世 ("this melancholic/miserable world") but reanalyzed as 浮き世 ("this transient/fleeting world") around the Edo period. It was associated with sadness and ...
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Is マラソン always 42.195 km?

マラソン by its own strictly means running 42.195 km, as long as it is used as the name of professional athletic competitions. For example, "10000m走" (10,000 metres) is never マラソン. 長距離走【ちょうきょりそう】 is the ...
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Relation between 大学, 学校 and 大学校

"What is 学校" is not an easy question; there are many definitions of it. but here's the summary: Legally speaking, "the narrow definition" of 学校 (aka 一条校), as defined in the first clause of the law ...
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What does ウ○ク mean in ウ○クの方の、中○、韓○嫌いは異常。?

It's 「ウヨク」,「[右翼]{うよく}」 "the right wing". ウヨクの方の、中国、韓国嫌いは異常。 "The right wingers' hatred toward China and Korea is unusual/insane."
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Unknown word and strange use of えと

[長]{なげ}え is a colloquial, masculine and a bit vulgar way of pronouncing [長]{なが}い. (Compare: うるさい→うるせえ, しらない→しらねえ, たべたい→たべてえ) The と in 長いと is a 接続助詞(conjunctive particle), meaning "if~~" or "when~~". ...
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Question about the usage of "watashi"

It's for polite use by both genders, and the most generally used first-person pronoun. While it used to be more for women, this is no longer the case. It is true that women tend to use わたし (watashi) ...
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人前{ひとまえ} and 人前{にんまえ}

Both ひとまえ and にんまえ exist. 人前【ひとまえ】:(noun) public place; front of the audience. 人前【にんまえ】: (counter) portion of, often for meal. 1 serving = 1人前【にんまえ】. 人前【じんぜん】(式【しき】) : (noun) A certain irreligious ...
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What's the difference between 記号 and しるし?

記号 ("symbols") on a map typically look like this (See List of Japanese map symbols): We also have 数学記号 (math symbols), 星座記号 (zodiac symbols), 錬金術記号 (alchemical symbols) and so on. So each 記号 has been ...
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Meaning of はいてなかったり?

This is a very, very context dependent question. Not just a matter of a few sentences, but over volumes of the comic. I have never read it myself, but the みつどもえ fansite contained enough circumstantial ...
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"To be satisfied/content/fulfilled": Differences between 満ち足りる、心ゆく、気が済む、満足がいく?

These Japanese phrases are different, but they don't really map to your categories. 心ゆく: This is almost always used in the set phrase 心ゆくまで "to one's heart's content". It's used almost ...
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How to tell whether a building is マンション or アパート

One way to distinguish is to look at the materials supporting the building's structure: Light structure with either: Timber Prefabricated Light steel beams ... is often アパート. Heavy structure with ...
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What does かなり actually mean?

I think your flashcard set and the WWWJDIC define かなり as "considerably, fairly, quite", because in usage this is exactly how かなり behaves. However, I think you have a fair question and the answer is ...
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What is 林家パー子ばり?

ばり is an uncommon 接尾語 which means "like". http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/180011/m0u/ ばり【張り】[接尾] 2 名詞や人名を表す語の下に付いて、それに似ている、または、それに似せているという意を表す。「西鶴―の文」「左翼―の主張」 So 「林家パー子ばりのアンテナ」 is "an ...
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what is the difference between [法度]{はっと} and [法律]{ほうりつ}?

法律 is the general word for "law", as in 「法律を守る」(obey the law),「法律で禁止されている」(forbidden by law) or 「渡辺法律事務所」(Watanabe Law Firm). I believe that the most common use of 法度【はっと】 is to mean "...
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Does「いとこ違い」mean "first cousin once removed" in Japanese?

According to Wikipedia and this article, 従伯叔父【いとこおじ】 (male) or 従伯叔母【いとこおば】 (female) may be the specific words you're looking for. However, anything further than いとこ (cousin), おじ/おば (uncle/aunt) is ...
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Does ''脅しじゃねえぞ'' mean ''not a threat''?

I think it means, "I'm not joking you". This link mentions that 脅{おど}しじゃない means that it is not just a threat and that they really mean it.
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Is "速読" somewhat a different reading technique, or is it just "reading really fast"?

Contrary to your expectation, 速読 in Japanese usually refers to a very special technique like this — to read and understand super fast. https://youtu.be/yBrmYDkubhI?t=35s "Trained" 速読 readers ...
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