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Was "defenestrated" simply a literal translation, or part of a bigger concept or joke?
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After listening to the exchange a number of times, it sounds to me as if he is saying 「2[秒]{びょう}[以内]{いない}に[窓]{まど}から[捨]{す}ててるな。」 Ni byō inai ni mado kara suteteru na. To break it down: Ni byō: two ...

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When did otaku become a derogatory term?
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According to the first paragraph of the Wikipedia article (emphasis mine): Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, particularly in anime and manga. Its contemporary ...

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Why is the title written differently in kana and romaji?
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From Tae Kim's guide to learning Japanese, There is one major driving factor behind the majority of slang in Japanese. The primary goal of most slang is to make things easier to say. In other words,...

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What's the meaning behind ZQN designation for the zombies in I Am A Hero?
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In chapter 220, it is explained that, officially, "ZQN" is an acronym made up by the US military that means "Zero Qualified Nucleus," though it is almost certainly a backronymic pun on the Japanese ...

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Do the details of these hands with Hebrew letters have any real-life meaning?
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The way the hands are positioned is reminiscent of the priestly blessing, and יהוה (aka the tetragrammaton) is the holiest name for God in Judaism. That being said, If you look really closely at the ...

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What is a 通信{つうしん} from a manga publisher?
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According to a search on jisho.org, 通信{つうしん} by itself can mean "correspondence," "communication," "transmission," "news," "signal," or "telecommunications." However, further down the page (the third ...

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What's the meaning of the 'Out' suffix in "Mental Out" and "Skill Out"?
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Looking at the kanji name of the 'mental out' attack,'心理掌握,' a literal translation could be something like 'mind arrangement manipulation grip' (source). So where did the 'out' come from? Presumably, ...

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What is the meaning and significance of the word "Sunagimo Umataro" (砂肝うま太郎) in Yuyushiki?
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The 'items' in the drawing seem to be part of a close-up view of the strange penguin-looking thing to the right (namely the eyes and the beak). As for its name, it was probably made up. As you noted, ...

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