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Old 2009-03-24, 20:29   Link #1
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English words borrowed from Japan...

Have any English words been borrowed from Japan with the past 3-4 years?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 2009-03-24, 20:35   Link #2
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Well, it's not organized by date, but...

I dunno how many dictionaries would be updated to reflect a change that recent... or whether it's even practical to try to pinpoint the date (or even the year) at which a word entered the language, as it's such a gradual process.
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Old 2009-03-24, 21:38   Link #3
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Originally Posted by ThoHell View Post
Have any English words been borrowed from Japan with the past 3-4 years?

Thank you in advance!
Well, if you're talking about things that AREN'T otaku related (in fact, "otaku" might count), probably not too much.

Perhaps "Aibo" has managed to seep into the general public's brain, although to most people they probably use it to mean "robot dog". (It means "partner/friend" in Japanese).

Oh, and although this isn't natively Japanese, recently I've started to hear the media use the term "zombie banks" a lot lately which is a reference to the Japanese banking crisis of the 1980s...
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