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2003/9/3-4 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan, Reference/History/WW2/Japan] UID:10056 Activity:nil
9/3     Is there a korean word equivalent to the japanese (though rapidly
        becoming english as well) term "otaku".
        \_ What little self contained universe do you live in where "otaku"
           is widely used by english speakers?
           \_ You're just yelling to hear yourself yell, aren't you?
              \_ Partly, but it's more a wider concern about geekdom.
                 The presumption of the question displays the traits
                 a little too closely.
        \_ otaku
        \_ what does "otaku" mean?
           \_ I think that the literal translation is "home", but the
              meaning is something like shut-in/luser/nerd. Usually
              otaku are people who stay at home watching anime, reading
              manga, playing computer games and surfing the internet.
              Basically your average '1337 GN00/L1NUX H4X0R.
              \_ cf. http://www.jekai.org/entries/aa/00/nn/aa00nn70.htm
                 (yes, you may need to dl Japanese Character support)
        \_ What little self contained universe do you live in where "otaku"
           is widely used by english speakers?
        \_ otaku
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IN , IN An IN is a person who is obsessed or devoted to a particular hobby or other activity, especially on a solitary basis. Typical IN obsessions include Aj anime, Japanese animation, ij manga, Japanese comics, video games, computers, and collecting of all sorts. When describing the personality type of IN, nerd is a fairly close equivalent in English. The word otaku has been borrowed into English, though the meaning seems somewhat narrower than the Japanese. While IN can refer to any obsessive hobbyist or other young person with poor social skills, especially one interested in technical subjects, otaku is used more specifically to refer only to fans of Japanese anime and comics. The word IN has been widely known in Japan since the early 1990s and is listed in recent kokugo dictionaries, while otaku had not, at least as of 2000, achieved the same currency in English. Another difference is that IN is often used pejoratively in Japanese while the English word, perhaps because of its subculture status, seems free of negative connotations. The word originated in the second-person pronoun ij. In the 1980s, it is said, some young fans of anime and similar pursuits would address fellow hobbyists and others by the relatively formal instead of by name or another second-person pronoun. This form of address came to be regarded as a sign of introversion and social awkwardness, and people with similar interests or personality types whether or not they called others j came to be referred to collectively as INij. The term IN gained wide currency around 1988 or 1989, at about the time a young man named ij was arrested for the gruesome murders of several young girls. News reports depicted him as a solitary person obsessed with horror and splatter movies. He lived in a room above his parents house that was filled with videotapes of such films. That incident did much to give the words IN and IN their negative connotations, though perhaps the negativity has lessened somewhat since. Variants of the word include IbL, bL, and I Ibv means an IN couple, that is, a male-female pair who share the same nerdy interests. E uCjbNvAuAQhv E df E fy E IN E fXgIWeb, July 2000 opera-lQBoE IyIN AIyA_AwAyAIynEXlWgWARAoxAAAIyDxpoBWeb, July 2000 24 RAXgB RbNPbg57QB NXXCA IN Ibv VOxB OWeb, July 2000 AClbglu vBABSRBB lbg I vBBWBAdBBARA PDEFB QDpRFB RDGQWeb, July 2000 wBwXA2BB IN ATANZgTAIcBWeb, July 2000 This entry was created by Tom Gally. Created 2000-07-27.