December 05, 2011

Dokigenyou

There's a word or phrase that sounds like dokigenyou that means "Good day" or "How are you" or something. It's used as a greeting. One example is the first episode of Shukufuku no Campanella at about 06:40.

What is it?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Japanese at 09:06 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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Posted by: Mikeski at December 05, 2011 09:23 PM (1bPWv)

2 More importantly, it is a proper lady's greeting, as opposed to what commoners use. I cannot imagine anyone among the Campanella's cast using it. Maybe Chelsea. Carina is socially approriate, but she's not stuck up enough. The most famous case of "gokigenyou" is of course Marimite; and Konata in Lucky Star ran a great skit of it when she "became hooked on Marimite".

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 05, 2011 09:36 PM (G2mwb)

3 Ah yes, of course. Carina wearing the official hat would put up the "gokigenyou" face.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 05, 2011 09:44 PM (G2mwb)

4 Yeah, Pete, it was Carina saying it, talking to some townfolk.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 05, 2011 10:00 PM (+rSRq)

5 "Good day to you" works pretty well. Same meaning, same connotation - it's quite stilted in modern parlance. To be using it, you're either very upper-crust, or you're making fun (either of upper-crust people or the person you're talking to, or likely both). But unlike "I bid you good day", it's juuuust within the realm of something someone would actually say.

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at December 05, 2011 10:18 PM (pWQz4)

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