January 02, 2016
Is "chi" an honorific? It's not listed in the Wikipedia page about honorifics. And as I was looking at that, I suddenly realized that I had heard it several times, but only in various parts of the Nanoha canon.
In the second episode of Strikers, when the aces are helping to fight the fire at the airport, at one point Hayate is going to put out the fire in a big section by using her magic to freeze it all. Obviously she can't do that if there's anyone in it, so she recruits a couple of guys who are in her unit to make sure it's clear. One of them calls to her, "Yagami-chi, onegaishimasu!"
In the Vivid manga, during the investigation in the Infinity Library, it gets used twice that I noticed: once for Corona and once for Vivio. Both times, the girls are being treated with respect.
Which makes me wonder if it's a variation on "chan" which is more respectful. And it also makes me wonder if it's something the author invented.
So is it a real thing, or is it unique to the Nanoha canon?
Nyanta in Log Horizon uses this when talking to Shiroe and Naotsugu, who are old friends and comrades, even though he addresses the actual kids with -san. (Of course we're talking about a cat-person who liberally peppers his speech with "nya" here.)
Bit weird for underlings to use it to a superior, but given the relative age and Hayate's... unique management style, I can buy it, heh.
It's not standard Japanese. Think of it as a variant of "-chan" where the speaker is getting across affectionate familiarity.
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at January 02, 2016 01:55 PM (v29Tn)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 02, 2016 02:30 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: muon at January 04, 2016 01:41 AM (IUHrD)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at January 04, 2016 10:18 AM (v29Tn)
V Julie F in Yozakura Quartet tends to use -chin for nearly everyone.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 04, 2016 11:53 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: J Greely at January 04, 2016 06:03 PM (ZlYZd)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 04, 2016 08:09 PM (+rSRq)
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