Ouch!, Excellent Multilingual Wordplay
Excellent Wordplay -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Excellent Wordplay

Outside the gates of the forsaken and forlorn dorm of my previous post, I noticed this stand of housing magazines, and couldn't help but appreciate the wit of its title, nor its inescapable appropriateness for the location. The magazine's name in Japanese is オウチ, which is a polite way to say “home.” It's a three-syllable word (oh, eww, chi), but when romanize (written with roman letters, like English) it becomes Ouchi, which looks just like “Ouch!” except for the location of the dot at the end (! vs. i). Very witty.

Considering the common penniless student looking for a place to live, especially in today's market, the English meaning of “Ouch” seems more than appropriate. Kumano dorm is apparently fairly inexpensive, but one visit shows that there are clearly more ways to feel the housing “ouch” than financially.

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Excellent article. You are a true journalist! You should have your column in a magazine. Fortunately for us you have your blog! 🙂

— comment by Anne on September 2nd, 2012 at 8:04pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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