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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:37 am 
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http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/kawaii

yup, Kawaii is now an English term too. :|

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:55 am 
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Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the degradation and evolution of English... :D

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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:41 pm 
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hikikomori being added sort of made sense as we really didn't have a word that specifically fit the context of someone who avoids social contact but is not necessarily agoraphobic or otherwise disabled.

Kawaii simply means cute, I fail to see context which necessitates it's addition to the English language.

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 Post Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:39 am 
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Sume Gai wrote:
hikikomori being added sort of made sense as we really didn't have a word that specifically fit the context of someone who avoids social contact but is not necessarily agoraphobic or otherwise disabled.


We don't have a word for "loner" or "shut-in"? ;)

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Kawaii simply means cute, I fail to see context which necessitates it's addition to the English language.


Necessity doesn't really matter, though. Oxford tends to hew toward descriptivism rather than prescription (unlike Merriam-Webster or American Heritage), so its inclusion simply means "there are people who use this word when speaking English", not "this word is useful or necessary" or "we personally endorse this word". And the first statement is true, no matter how annoying we think it is.

Besides, although I don't use "kawaii" for reasons of personal taste, having redundant words or synonyms isn't hardly a bad thing. It certainly makes writing a whole lot less monotonous when you have more options at hand.

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Cardi Doorl wrote:
Sume Gai wrote:
hikikomori being added sort of made sense as we really didn't have a word that specifically fit the context of someone who avoids social contact but is not necessarily agoraphobic or otherwise disabled.


We don't have a word for "loner" or "shut-in"? ;)


I tend to associate shut-in with people who physically or mentally can't leave their homes as much as people who simply choose not to. A 'loner' to me is someone who does not react to social contact rather than outright avoiding it.

Connotation, is what I'm getting at. I can see a slightly unique connotation with Hikikomori that I do not see with Kawaii. Though, yes, people are indeed using it, as much as I personally dislike such behavior. I wonder what's next "Nakama?"

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