Tag: etymology

48 Is there any reason a lot of body parts use the Month/Moon radical? 2017-03-22T10:03:43.997

35 Where does "もしもし" (moshimoshi) for answering the telephone come from? 2011-06-27T01:47:54.197

32 What are the origins of ヶ? 2011-06-01T19:47:47.193

31 How did 面白い end up meaning "Interesting"? 2012-09-25T13:46:17.667

30 How is the wind related to illness? 2012-09-14T19:17:36.763

29 Kanji for native Japanese concepts: Kun'yomi spanning multiple morphemes 2012-08-23T23:35:02.873

28 Did ありがとう come from Portuguese "obrigado"? 2012-05-12T21:16:33.867

28 What is the etymology behind る in 日{ひ}/昼{ひる} and 夜{よ}/夜{よる}? 2014-07-07T12:39:09.230

26 Is the Japanese word "pan" (パン) related in its origins to the Spanish word "pan"? 2017-07-10T16:39:54.703

25 Are there any old loanwords from Korean, especially any not written in katakana? 2011-06-01T15:22:20.417

25 明日: あす & あした; Is there a difference in meaning and when each is used? 2014-02-03T13:28:58.470

25 What is the etymology behind したっけ 2016-03-06T14:58:02.673

24 Why did の disappear from 山手, but in 御茶ノ水 it's in katakana? 2011-08-29T11:35:18.827

24 Why is カラオケ (karaoke) written in katakana? 2014-02-19T01:51:45.760

24 The etymology of 助っ人 2018-11-15T11:26:39.640

23 Is there an objective source of the origins of kanji? 2011-06-09T07:56:01.483

23 Why is a place that sells さけ a さかや? 2011-10-23T01:07:05.920

23 Words made from strokes of a kanji like 女 toくノ一 2012-01-22T08:10:43.700

23 How did コンセント come to be used for an "electrical outlet"? 2013-01-20T09:49:47.727

22 What's the difference between "さけ" (sake) and "しゃけ" (shake)? 2011-06-15T15:22:56.863

22 Why does 皮肉 mean "irony"? 2012-11-23T18:06:00.440

21 What is the origin and usage of the word いい? 2011-06-03T00:50:05.930

21 Why is the correct counter for rabbits 羽(わ) 2011-06-19T05:42:45.877

21 Does every kanji come from a Chinese character? If so, where can I find the origins of a kanji? 2017-01-04T09:16:34.050

20 Why is 五右衛門 read "goemon"? 2011-06-25T10:06:12.897

20 Why is 島 used in the name of some cities? 2015-04-16T13:32:13.373

20 Why is a baby called 赤ちゃん? 2018-08-01T15:06:46.980

19 Where does the word ダイヤ come from that means "train schedule"? 2011-06-15T14:35:49.777

18 How did 革 "leather" come to mean newness? 2011-06-22T19:21:01.823

18 Are there any common Japanese words which were borrowed from Ainu or other indigenous languages? 2011-06-27T00:57:26.843

18 What are the origins of ド when used as emphasis, and is it always negative? 2011-07-28T16:14:39.433

18 Etymology of 出来る dekiru 2011-08-17T14:06:26.343

18 Where does です come from? 2013-01-29T04:07:39.967

18 What is the か in「か弱い」? 2013-07-23T03:44:44.900

18 Why is 一日 'tsuitachi'? 2017-09-06T00:26:31.773

17 What are the origins of the 「こそあど」 demonstratives? 2011-06-12T03:21:29.687

17 The etymology of 関手【かんしゅ】 2011-08-03T11:19:29.520

17 Exceptional compounding forms 2011-08-08T13:42:09.743

17 Was 俺 ever gender-neutral? 2012-05-29T02:46:21.693

17 i-adjectives that end in a 〜ない which doesn't seem to be 〜無{な}い 2013-01-24T00:59:19.353

17 Where does the な in 大人 (otona) come from? 2015-05-25T04:51:39.500

17 What does 尿が近い and 尿が遠い mean? 2015-05-28T11:25:25.280

17 Why does 前 mean "past" in terms of time, but "forward" in terms of direction? 2018-05-08T12:46:39.510

16 About ご[馳走]{ちそう}: two “runs” would give you “a feast”? 2011-06-01T01:31:21.227

16 Historical differences between colors that are i-adjectives and those that are simply nouns 2011-07-29T09:03:44.553

16 What do the parts of じゃんけんぽん mean? 2012-08-03T15:15:00.430

16 How did 服 come to have meanings related to both "clothing" and "submission"? 2014-03-24T12:21:29.727

16 Why does 目 have a counting sense to it? 2014-07-31T05:15:53.393

16 呉 is an ancient kingdom in china, how did it become "to give" in japanese? 2018-05-27T03:23:42.317

16 Is 写真 an onomatopoeia? 2019-10-14T18:15:19.123

15 Why "社会の窓" (shakai no mado)? 2011-06-13T04:25:06.147

15 History of 十干(じっかん)and modern uses 2011-06-22T19:37:31.573

15 Why did オレンジ replace 橙【だいだい】? 2011-08-05T05:14:16.670

15 What is the correct veritable meaning of 水無月 and 神無月? 2012-07-26T02:13:28.727

15 Why do we say 頼もしい instead of 頼ましい? 2013-04-19T03:48:17.117

15 Origin of ~なければ ならない 2013-04-30T14:40:30.203

15 Why do they say 'kawaii' for 'poor thing'? 2015-07-15T01:44:08.470

15 Reading and usage of 「垂オます」 2015-12-11T20:25:05.823

15 Why are the high-pitched voices of children 'yellow'? 2016-04-24T13:42:54.393

15 Does the on'yomi of 輪 (リン) have any relation to the English "ring", or is it a coincidence? 2019-10-28T20:06:43.200

14 What is the meaning and root of 意味くじピーマン? 2011-06-01T10:24:04.983

14 About 「同{おな}じ」 and 「同{おな}じく」 2011-06-02T03:38:58.873

14 Nouns exhibiting vowel fronting 2014-05-21T06:50:16.877

14 Old way of counting people? 2014-10-28T01:31:29.947

14 Why is 葉 'leaf' used in 言葉 and 万葉集? Why is it used for words, language, and speech? 2017-03-11T05:24:03.287

14 Why are phone calls cylindrical? 2019-02-09T16:38:25.230

13 What is the etymology of [山葵]{わさび}? 2011-06-03T12:32:59.307

13 Etymology of 土産 {みやげ} 2011-08-02T04:32:10.840

13 よかろう - What does it mean? Where does it come from? 2011-09-27T04:38:19.023

13 Etymology of とんでもない 2012-02-29T07:07:01.913

13 How did the verb 掛ける come to have many meanings? 2012-05-06T18:13:58.703

13 How did やわらかい gain its い? 2012-07-03T14:57:37.690

13 How did 家, 手, and 士 come to be included in the names of professions? 2012-08-27T02:18:10.717

13 Why is "Xy" pronounced as "Ki Shi" in Xylitol「キシリトール」? 2012-08-27T13:49:11.893

13 Why are wisdom teeth called 親知らず in Japanese? 2012-09-05T02:55:47.050

13 Etymology of ひざまずく 2012-09-24T10:10:11.777

13 What is the breakdown of countries where loan words originate? 2012-09-26T22:03:17.060

13 Where does 「えっと」 come from? 2012-11-25T22:02:58.830

13 Why is the た in 手伝う voiced? 2015-11-27T21:14:27.280

13 No word for "time" until 1871? 2017-01-08T19:25:50.087

13 Does 韓国 mean "South Korea" or "Korea as a whole"? 2018-01-08T11:57:55.820

13 What is the etymology of shamisen (三味線)? 2019-01-25T12:05:06.607

13 Etymology of 見舞い 2019-04-22T18:35:59.293

13 Why is デレる ichidan? (Etymology of デレる and デレデレ) 2019-11-27T02:46:42.340

12 Etymology of 右に出る 2011-06-12T06:44:18.653

12 Nuance, usage and etymology of お[出]{い}で 2011-06-18T08:46:06.813

12 What exactly is 「だらし」? 2011-08-13T16:43:53.693

12 What is the meaning/usage of いざ? 2012-03-15T04:45:42.497

12 What is the significance of a large く character in literary texts? 2012-05-15T17:34:26.230

12 Ancient practise of sneaking into women's bedrooms...? 2012-05-17T04:27:55.123

12 Unifying concept for noun-adjectives of the pattern Xかな 2012-06-01T17:00:40.867

12 Imperative used instead of conditional form 2012-08-12T03:44:26.153

12 Why do some Japanese men use お袋 to address their mothers? 2012-08-17T21:16:28.513

12 Where does the word キレる come from? 2012-08-19T07:00:23.850

12 Where does the suffix 〜がる come from? 2012-12-18T18:43:48.870

12 What is the literal meaning of どういたしまして? 2013-10-08T15:13:48.183

12 Iterative / repetitive る evolving from classical 連体形【れんたいけい】 2014-05-19T17:45:12.040

12 Why was 邪 chosen to spell the names of 伊邪那岐神 and 伊邪那美神 in the 古事記? 2015-04-11T21:55:35.963

12 私 Origin / Etymology? 2015-10-05T19:27:07.217