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Why transliterate 'sharp pencil'? Why is 'sharp pencil' transliterated as 'シャープペンシル' when there is '鉛筆' for pencil? Or is 'シャープペンシル' a false friend of 'sharp pencil'?
11 de Fev de 2014 às 04:59
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シャープペンシルdoes not literally mean "sharp pencil" in Japanese. It means "mechanical pencil" (this is the term we use in the United States - I understand in England, they call it "propelling pencil" I am not sure what term you use in Australia!). Basically, it is a pencil that can be refilled with lead. On the other hand, 鉛筆 refers specifically to traditional wood pencils that you sharpen with a pencil sharpener. :) In addition where there is truly a choice between a kanji-based word and a katakana-based word (when both mean the same thing), the katakana-go almost always sounds more "modern."
11 de Fevereiro de 2014
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