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hand-clappy

adjective; sound symbolism
Putting both hands together to form a transmutation circle. This word came about from the American anime community describing a character from the anime “鋼の錬金術師” (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) or “Fullmetal Alchemist”. In the world of this anime, alchemy and technology have developed concurrently. While cars, trains, and steam engines exist, alchemy is used to repair items, create weapons, destroy barriers, and of course turn lead into gold. Normally, in order to perform alchemy, an alchemist needs to draw a transmutation circle on a surface and place both hands on it. However, under certain circumstances, one does not need a transmutation circle. Instead a transmutation circle, the main character, Edward Elric, brings both hands together, thus forming a circle with his arms. Since Edward often performs alchemy during battle, he must transmute weapons and armor as some as he can find an opening. Therefore, he brings his hands together very quickly, causing them to make a clapping sound, before placing his hands on the object he wishes to transmute.
 
In the latest scan Al is about to do the hand-clappy thing to transmute what appears to be his old armor.
Etymology : Compound of hand + clap + y ‘ADJ’
Source : forum
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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