Thursday, May 12, 2005

Japanese loanwords

In my self-studying I've looked at a couple of Japanese forums (okay, that's a lie, it's more like one, and that's because it's a forum for a band I like). For the longest time I couldn't understand a term they used, "スレ", romanized as "sure". It wasn't until today that I looked at a post from a first-time poster and I saw him using the full word "スレッド" (romanized as "sureddo") that I realized that "sure" was the abbreviated form of "sureddo" which comes from the English word "thread"! It was as if you could see the light-bulb above my head clicking on.
When I first read it I thought of the English word "shred".

Japanese has quite a lot of these loanwords that can be quite confusing sometimes...

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