The buzzword of the year according to high school girls...

Good morning everyone,

It looks like the rain will start just before lunch today and then continue through most of the afternoon and into the evening. It looks like a good day to stay home and relax. Tomorrow will be really nice though, they are calling for blue skies and a high of 18C! I might dig might my shorts out! Just for that day, because it looks like I'll need a scarf and gloves for Tuesday-they are calling for a  high of just 11C. The rest of the week won't be much warmer with daytime highs between 12C and 14C expected all next week.

Ok...I just saw this list of buzzwords for high school girls for 2016. Have you heard of any of them? Is that even Japanese?! Ha ha!

10. 〜み (〜mi)

This “buzzword” actually refers to the trend of adding “mi” to the end of words that would usually end with the letter “i”. So words like shindoi (tired) becomes shindomi, ureshii (happy) becomes ureshimi, tsurai (painful) becomes tsurami, yabai (OMG) becomes yabami and kimoi (gross) becomes kimomi. The inflection instantly transforms any word into a cute, soft-sounding one, which makes it popular amongst high school girls.

9. スノる (sunoru)

This word is a noun-verb mashup that combines the word “snow” with the Japanese verb “toru” (to take a picture). This has nothing to do with taking pictures of snow, however, as the word actually refers to a photo app called Snow that’s hugely popular with teenage girls. The app adds decorations to selfies, so next time you want to take a fun photo with a teenager that ends up with you looking like a cute animal, all you have to do is shout “sunoru!” (I admit that I actually have this app on my phone...)

8. ゲロ〜 (gero〜)

The word gero (spew) is now being added to the beginning of words as an adjective to add emphasis to things that are so amazing or awesome they make you want to throw up. So if something is too cute to handle, you would say, “Gero kawaii!”

7. BFF (Best Friends Forever)

This one hardly needs explaining, given its common usage in a number of countries. Kinship between girls is strong in high school, but after graduating, the BFF promise is really put to the test as students go their separate ways to further their education at different universities and campuses throughout the country.

6. マ!? (Ma!?)

Abbreviating words tends to give off a cool, casual vibe, and this one comes from the word “maji?”, which translates to “seriously?” Shortening the word to the one-syllable “ma” adds an even greater sense of surprise  to the term of disbelief, which can be given even more emphasis when repeated like: “Mamamamamamama…”

5. はげる (hageru)

Where gero makes you want to throw up in amazement, hageru (to go bald) makes you feel like you’re losing your hair with happiness. If there’s a cool-looking guy in the vicinity, you might hear a high school girl squeal, “Ano hito kakkouyosugite hageru!” or “That guy’s sooooo cool my hair’s gonna fall out!

4. アモーレ (amore)

This buzzword comes from amore, the Italian word for love. Amongst high school girls, however, it’s used to mean “close friend”, particularly in sentences like “Maji amore“, which translates to “You’re seriously a close friend“.

3. 〜まる (〜maru)

This is another cute inflection tagged onto the end of words. Rather than referencing a word, however, this one refers to the full-stop, or period punctuation mark, popularly referred to as maru (circle), due to the fact that it’s written as a small round circle ”   。 ”  in Japanese. High school girls are using the word “maru” in short sentences like “OK maru” (OK.) or “Rabu maru” (Love.)  to add softness and cuteness to their words.

2. よき (yoki)

This word can be interchanged with the word “ii“, which means “good“. This trend seems to have sprung from classical Japanese literature classes, where the classical word for good has now gone mainstream thanks to its two-syllable tempo, which sounds cute when repeated in phrases like “maji yoki yoki” (“seriously good“) or regular everyday words like “maji kakkoyoki” (“seriously cool“).

And at the top of the list, winning High School Girl Buzzword of the Year is…

1. 卍(まんじ)(manji)

The reverse swastika used in Buddhist art and scripture is known as a manji, which translates to whirlwind in Japanese. It represents Dharma and universal harmony, and now high school girls are using it to mean three more things. It can be used to describe a mischievous person, in a sentence like: “Ano hito manji da yo ne” (“That guy’s a manji“), or used to raise people’s spirits, when shouted out like: “Manji!!!“. Or it can be used to describe a pose that people make in photos that looks like the manji symbol.

Have you heard any girls using these? I'll have to try to remember a couple of them so I can sound younger...

Have a great day!

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