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16 April 2007 @ 08:45 pm
Random Thought  

The Japanese don't have middle names. Without middle names how do you know if you've gotten on your mother's very last, extremely frayed, nerve and are now in danger of being grounded for life if you push her one more micron?

 
 
 
forthrightlyforthrightly on April 17th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Simple, dear. She drops your honorific! ::twinkle::
ranuelranuel on April 17th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
I'd buy that, but Mama Higarashi hardly ever uses any honorifics with Souta and Kagome.
Nightfalljenevastorme on April 17th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Wouldn't they just tack on some hideously belittling diminutive?
ranuelranuel on April 17th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
If they could they probably would.
Nightfalljenevastorme on April 17th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
Are there no belittling diminutives in Japanese?
ranuelranuel on April 17th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, I don't know enough about the language. I know that the form of "You" you use can be insulting. Alos, using the honorific kun for an adult male who isn't very much younger than you would count but that wouldn't work with a kid.
jazzy_fayjazzy_fay on April 17th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Ooh! Good question. I mean, that does appear to be the only reason middle names exist: so kids (of any age, sadly) know when they're in deep trouble.
ranuelranuel on April 17th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
Hey, nice to see you here.