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What is the etymology of 催{もよお}す?

What is the etymology of 催【もよお】す? I cannot find much. The 日本国語大辞典【にほんこくごだいじてん】 (NKD) entry here at Kotobank sadly includes no derivation, but even so, it tells us a few things. We can see that the ...
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Anyone has any idea why 狼狽 means "confusion/panic/consternation" when both kanjis are ways of saying "wolf"?

The explanation from 新明解語源辞典 gives weight to the old meaning of codependence of both the wolves : both 狼 and 狽 designate legendary wild creatures. The first one with long forelegs and short hind legs. ...
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吉川線 (yoshikawa-sen) is translated as meaning "neck markings indicative of strangulation". What's the origin for this term (yoshikawa in particular)

According to Japanese wikipedia: 名称の由来は、日本・警視庁の鑑識課長を務めた吉川澄一(1885年 - 1949年)が、ひっかき傷が他殺の証拠にあると着目し、学会で発表した事にちなんでいる。 Roughly translated: "The origin of the name comes from the fact that Chouichi ...
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Connection between phenomime じ and adverb じっ‐と?

Yes I believe they are cognates. It wouldn't be too much to say they are the same word. This (っ)と is a suffix that follows an onomatopoeia and forms an adverb. This と is often optional, but for some ...
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Is there considered to be socio-cultural gender in japanese language and do job title variations exist?

First, I would like to point out that "male and female language" is a rather tunnel-visioned way of understanding the richness of Japanese role languages. Japanese is a language where five ...
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Origin of ~なければ ならない

なければならない is a double negation - something found in many languages. In Old Japanese, there were -ざるべからず and -ねばならぬ. It looks like the Japanese expressions have to do with 不可不… in Chinese. I don't know ...

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