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engrish

noun; folk etymology
Mangled English words and phrases pronounced or written using Japanese pronunciation and grammar. “Engrish” refers English words pronounced using Japanese phonetics or English phrases created using Japanese grammar. Often times these words appear in lyrics of Japanese pop songs (Jpop) as well as in other areas of Japanese pop culture. ‘Engrish’ comes from the word ‘English’, but the ‘l’ has been changed to an ‘r’ because neither a hard ‘l’ nor a hard ‘r’ sound exists in Japanese, only their softer versions. Therefore, words such as ‘light’ may be pronounced ‘right’ while words such as ‘memory’ pronounced ‘memoly’. The lyrics may also sometimes contain unusual Engrish phrase solely for the purpose of sounding cool, such as ‘but it’s a really free like bird’. Engrish words and phrases are neither English nor Japanese, so a new word was necessary to describe these formations.
 
I like the Engrish version of “Tsubasa” on the first OST, and the Japanese version just isn’t as good.
Etymology : Folk etymology derived from the word English
Source : blog
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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