What is the etymology of パイセン?


As a slang term for [先輩]{せんぱい}, パイセン doesn't seem to be very popular. I occasionally hear it used among young people. Is it mostly a term used in Tokyo (dialectal)? Where did it come from? My impression is that this term has been around so long that it is unlikely Internet slang.

Eddie Kal

Posted 2019-11-21T03:52:14.900

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2@アニケン_スカイワカー Please read my question again. – Eddie Kal – 2019-11-21T04:03:38.990

ok. then that kanji read as senpai. and your katakana is saying paisen. thats why i suggested. here is my find :https://matome.naver.jp/odai/2142185449328216601

– アニケン_スカイワカー – 2019-11-21T04:08:45.403


@アニケン, ハワイ(Hawaii)→ワイハ みたいなやつじゃないですかね‥‥ グラサンとかパイオツ(( Edit あ、これこれ→ https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%80%92%E8%AA%9E

– Chocolate – 2019-11-21T04:12:55.430

@Chocolate はじめて聞きましたのでちょっとびっくり! 例文はたくさんあります。知らないことの勉強になりましてありがとうございました。 – アニケン_スカイワカー – 2019-11-21T04:18:15.143


Related: https://japanese.stackexchange.com/q/62941/7810

– broccoli forest – 2019-11-21T07:50:56.897

3Sounds like a similar thing to French' verlen (I think that's how it's spelled) where they reverse parts of the word for reasons. – ratchet freak – 2019-11-21T12:10:54.293


@ratchetfreak The correct spelling is verlan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verlan :)

– Marco – 2019-11-21T13:47:36.187

@Chocolate, 以下にちゃんとしたお答えを投稿してはいかがですか。^_^ – Eiríkr Útlendi – 2019-11-22T16:31:37.937



As Japanese can be written vertical too, Paisen results in reading the kanji from below to above. It is an internet slang popularized by comedy artists Yano and Yano.

Tanya Choudhary

Posted 2019-11-21T03:52:14.900

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Where did you find that it is Internet slang? – By137 – 2020-02-13T05:25:33.460

Just word of mouth, through my office colleagues. – Tanya Choudhary – 2020-02-17T00:03:41.703