Language is one of the many things that is constantly evolving. Here in America, the news of Webster adding new words into their dictionary is always a news worthy event.
In Japan it is no different. Kojien has adopted a “few” new words into their dictionary. This is the first time in nearly a decade that Kojien has added new words. Many of them are technology related. They started with a list of over 100,000 words, but have narrowed it down to just 10,000 (still a crazy number). One of the surprises that didn’t make the cut was the ever so popular Otaku word: Moe (èŒãˆ).
A few to make it in:
- Blog – burogu – ãƒ–ãƒã‚°
- 1SEG – wansegu – ãƒ¯ãƒ³ã‚»ã‚° – The TV broadcast service for mobile phones
- Cybermall – saibamoru – ã‚µã‚¤ãƒãƒ¼ãƒ¢ãƒ¼ãƒ« – Online stores that sell everything
- Nurse – kangoshi – çœ‹è·å¸« – A nursing professional
- Financial Support Association – enjokosai – æ´åŠ©äº¤éš› – Schoolgirls “dating” older men for money
Check out the Japan Times for a longer list of words from many different categories.