Friday, May 20, 2011

Abbreviation Hall of Fame

OK, so we know Japanese like to abbreviate, but this one... oh boy, this one.

Here is a standard greeting Japanese people say at New Years (meaning not really important for the purpose of this post).

Japanese: あけましておめでとうございます。今年もよろしくおねがいします。
Reading: akemashite omedetou gozaimasu. kotoshi-mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

As you can see, quite a mouthful, but have no fear! Japanese people abbreviated the heck out of this expression and now you can say it ALL just by saying...

Japanese: あけおめことよろ
Reading: ake-ome-koto-yoro

In contrast to the other more standard abbreviations, this is used more colloquially, but still, they pretty much performed a ZIP compression on that expression.

Expression Compression ...hey, I even rhymed in this post :P
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