Maintaining with the youngsters: Japanese high schoolers’ hottest slang of Spring 2022

Would you be surprised if most of those trendy words got here from social media?

Language changes on a regular basis, and in today’s age of social media, trends are shifting faster, and with more influences, than ever before. Last 12 months’s list of hot words, for instance, featured an array of slang coined by Japanese Olympic athletes and otaku, in addition to a couple of buzzwords based on trending topics.

Now there’s a brand new list of trending slang, collected in a survey done by teen marketing company ING. 200 female and male high schoolers within the Kanto region were asked to call the words which can be hottest at once, they usually were all compiled into a rating of the highest 10 hottest words of Spring 2022.

10. Tensaiko

A mixture of the words “tensai” (“genius”) and “saiko” (“the very best”), this can be a hot word coined by boyband idol Daigo Nishihata of the Johnny’s group Naniwa Danshi. Because it’s made up of two words that describe something that’s impressive and awesome, it’s sort of the final word compliment, to be honest.

9. ~shitemorote

That is an off-the-cuff way of claiming “~shite moratte,” which implies “have (someone) do something for you.” “~shitemorote” was coined by Kansai-based Japanese YouTube duo Paparapys, and their popularity made the bizarre twist of the phrase go viral.

8. Cho Chiru / Chirui

Coming from the English word “chill”, these words reflect a state of leisure. The “cho” in “Cho chiru” means “super” or “extremely”, so you can use this to reflect while you’re feeling super chill, and “chirui” is the adjective form you need to use to explain a spot that has a very good vibe.

7. Hanya / Hanyari

A silly substitution for “are?”, “hanya” is an interjection used while you’re confused by something. Similarly, “hanyari” is the state of being confused by something. Each were made popular by celebrity Rei Maruyama, who often uses them as her skit personality, Chiaki Inoue, on her YouTube channel, or when acting like an airhead (like within the video above).

6. Daijoubuso?

Also coming from YouTube duo Paparapys, this word is somewhat cheeky because it asks whether someone or something is okay or not. The phrase come from taking daijoubu, meaning “OK,” tacking on sou, (“probably”), after which lopping off the -u at the tip for a snappier sound.

 ▼ As exemplified within the title, “The Mentaiko Cheese Fami-Chiki is so good, are we okay?”

5. Shindo

A shortening of the adjective “shindoi”, which often means “exhausting” or “exhausted”. Nevertheless, shortened in this fashion by Japanese Generation Z, it is definitely to mean “funny” or “interesting”! Possibly since it’s so interesting it just zaps the energy out of you?

4. Kimazu

This was populated by one other Japanese YouTuber, Aya Nakamichi, who has a habit of claiming “kimazui kimazui”, which she uses when describing an ungainly situation. Last 12 months, “Kimazui kimazui” ranked on summer’s hottest words, but it surely looks like this 12 months it’s been shortened for convenience.

3. Ikiru www

A TikTok video created this hashtag when the user really helpful people use this as a substitute of “shinu www” when something bad happens. “Ikiru” means “I’m going to live” while “Shinu” means “I’m going to die”, so the humorous reversal of the words might be what made this hashtag so popular. “www”, by the best way, is a Japanese version of “lol” (since it looks like blades of grass), making it a sort of ironic hashtag that every one the youngsters appear to be using.

2. KimaZ

Pronounced “kimazetto”. Like Aya Nakamichi’s “kimazui kimazui”, it means “awkward”. It was coined by YouTuber Toua, who often uses “kimaZ” in awkward situations.

1. Ase-Ase

One other word popularized by YouTuber Aya Nakamichi, used humorously when one is in a pinch or apprehensive or stressed by something. Teens today use it in speech in addition to writing, but when utilized in writing, it’s specifically written with half-size katakana for visual effect (アセアセ).

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of the highest words teens are using today are inspired by social media, specifically popular YouTube and TikTok influencers. Social media has grow to be an enormous influence on Gen Z, which is obvious in the best way they dress in addition to the best way they talk. We are able to only hope that we older generations can sustain!

Source: PR Times
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