Publishing company Taishukan Shoten asked Japanese high school and junior high school students what words they would like to see added to the dictionary. The company selected ten from the over 84,000 words submitted. Next to words related to earthquakes, saving electricity and Japan’s cherished Nadeshiko female football team, there are two entries anime fans might find themselves exchanging knowing smiles at.
Owakon – A shortened form of the phrase “owatta kontentsu”, describing games, movies and other things past their prime. Ubiquitous at all Japanese anime forums to describe series and authors that should call it quits before they destroy whatever is left of their image and popularity. The word has yet to catch on in the western hemisphere… and maybe for the better. A tried and true trigger of flame wars.
Moe-sode – Literally “moe sleeves”, the word points to sleeves long enough to reveal only the tips of a person’s fingers. Often seen on cute anime girls… and everyone else on cold winter nights.
The dark side of the force is strong in the Japanese youth. And let’s hope it stays like that.