Does anyone know where "ゴミ" comes from? Since it is in Katakana, it must be a loan word, but it does not ring any bell in English.
posted by harinezumi January 4, 2013 at 1:55pm
- VodkaKiwifruit January 4, 2013 at 5:48pmHmm, neither does it for me. I know that the word ごみ means rubbish/trash. But I'm unsure about the katakana origin.
- konousa January 8, 2013 at 11:48pmIt probably comes from onomatopoeia (word, that "sounds" like concept it describes, like キラキラ for "sparkle") ごみごみ which means "dirty" or "messy".
- harinezumi January 9, 2013 at 3:51pmLike "Мусор"?
- Syklo January 21, 2013 at 10:11amSometimes words are written in katakana (such as in dialogues between characters, esp. in video games) for emphasis. Examples include オレ And アンタ.
It would help if you could fill in the context of where you found that word. Not sure if I'd be much help though.
- raymonda83 January 25, 2013 at 9:55amゴミ isn't a loan word, it does have kanji 塵. So far as I understand, it's simply because the katakana is easier to read. Another reason I found, is that katakata is often used when people can't remember the kanji.
- Medyrius January 25, 2013 at 10:19pmThat's right, I guess kanji's a pain even for japanese! Damn chinese LOL!
In the jisho I use (jisho.org), some words are said to be "usually written in kana alone"... Not all the katakana written words are loan words ;)
- harinezumi January 27, 2013 at 3:11amAll, thank you for your explanations - they really helped.
Medyrius, jisho.org is amazing! I wish I knew about it earlier!