A Dictionary of Japanese Loanwords by Toshie M. Evans

By Toshie M. Evans

Contemporary reports file that eastern is the second one most efficient resource of latest loanwords to English. Such experiences point out that English-speaking international locations are paying extra cognizance to Japan than ever prior to. This dictionary lists and defines 1000's of phrases borrowed from eastern which are now utilized in English-language guides. Entries supply variation spellings, pronunciation, etymological info, definitions, and illustrative quotations. those quotations have been accumulated from books, newspapers, magazines, novels, texts, ads, and databases released or allotted within the usa among 1964 and 1995.When international locations have interaction in an important quantity of industrial or cultural touch, they often borrow phrases from each one other's language. those loanwords are assimilated to various levels and convey how one state earnings publicity to a different country's tradition. fresh experiences file that eastern is the second one most efficient resource of latest loanwords to English, displaying that English-speaking nations are paying extra consciousness to Japan than ever earlier than. This dictionary comprises entries for enormous quantities of eastern phrases now utilized in English-language publications.Included are phrases from paintings and structure, drugs and the sciences, enterprise and schooling, philosophy and faith, and various different fields. Entries offer definitions, pronunciations, version spellings, etymological histories, and illustrative quotations. those quotations have been amassed from books, newspapers, magazines, novels, texts, ads, and databases, all of that have been released or disbursed within the usa among 1964 and 1995. whereas the quantity is a useful consultant to the that means and assimilation of specific loanwords, it's also a desirable chronicle of the way definite parts of jap tradition have strongly inspired American civilization.

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A tall butsudan, a family altar, dominated the interior, but one of the two living rooms was American, with easy chairs instead of tatami. (Newsweek, Jul. 29, 1985, p. 37) Each night she continued to dance for her beloved, but, now too old to move very well, she wants a picture of herself to hang before the butsudan. (Robert A. Rosenstone, Mirror in the Shrine, 1988, p. 169) In accordance with the precepts of the geomancer, whom we consulted concurrently with the architect in designing the house, the butsudan, the altar of the ancestors, cover the north wall.

Sunset, Mar. 1993, p. 154) O-bento come in all kinds; they are made at home, ordered out and delivered, bought at the bento store, eaten at restaurant. (The Japan Forum Newsletter, Tokyo: The Japan Forum, 1995, n. 5, p. 14) The [Tokyo] police said some of the containers that released the [poison] gas onto the trains resembled bento lunch boxes, while others resembled a beer can in a plastic bag. (The New York Times, Mar. 20, 1995, p. A16) [< bento] Beta n. see Betamax. Betamax n. a proprietary name for the videocassette format developed by Sony Corporation.

The dojo—as a martial arts school is called in Japanese—is now a familiar tenant in commercial buildings and malls. (The New York Times, Aug. 28, 1988, Sec. 3, p. 4) [Melanie] Murphy currently runs two dojos where she teaches an Okinawan Karate style called Shudokan. /Dec. 1992, p. 53) When he was 13, Jim [Dickey] transferred to the dojo, the karate school, in our neighborhood, run by Shihan William Oliver. (The New York Times, Jan. 2, 1994, Sec. 13CY, p. 11) [< dojo < do training +jo place] 1942 (OED) dokusan [doukuisaen, ddko-] n.

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