December 22nd, 2007

Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

HOW TO SCREAM IN JAPANESE

This site was the first which made me realise Terry Pratchett could be seriously funny, and I am gratified to see that it still exists on the Internet to this day! This particularly memorable quote is useful for this post:

Rincewind could scream for mercy in nineteen languages, and just scream in another forty-four. This is important. Inexperienced travellers thing that 'Aargh!!!' is universal, but in Betrobi, it means 'highly enjoyable' and in Howondaland it means, variously, 'I would like to eat your foot', 'Your wife is a big hippo' and 'Hello, Thinks Mr Purple Cat.' One particular tribe has a fearsome reputation for cruelty merey because prisoners appear, to them, to be shouting 'Quick! Extra boiling oil!'
- Interesting Times

Should you find yourself in a similar situation and wish to scream DO NOT WANT in Japanese, here are a few quick pointers. I am dispensing with polite forms because in such a situation you are likely to have no time for courtesy, and whoever it is you are screaming it at is unlikely to respond to it.

(1) Level 1 DO NOT WANT, for the beginner: IIE will do.
(2) Level 2: IYA DAME!!! will do.
*Note: for certain species of yaoi fangirl, this phrase sometimes means this.
(3) Level 3: MOU, YAMETE! ZETTAI YADA!
(Sharing of other elaborate and creative ways to scream NO are also welcomed)

This also relates perfectly to How Today Went.
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I know I look at life through law-tinted glasses, but SOMETIMES I DON'T EVEN NEED TO TRY THAT HARD:

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