February 08, 2012

Majutsu -- baloney

Just messing around and landed on this site: majutsu.net

Care to hear some utter crap?

The letters in the word Majutsu have meaning. "Ma” means pure and "jutsu” means art, so Majutsu means the pure art. The person who practices as a magician is called a Majutsushi. The letters "shi” mean user; thus, a Majutsushi is a user of this pure art.

ma does indeed mean "pure". But that's not the kanji that's used to write 魔術majutsu. The real first kanji 魔 means "demon".

UPDATE: 魔術師 majutsushi means "magician" or "sorceror". The final 師 shi doesn't mean "user". It means "expert" or "master".

This is like all those strange bad Chinese and Japanese tattoos that they used to post on the now-defunct "Hanzi Smatter". I really miss that site.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Japanese at 03:46 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I can't wait to see his explanation of 真婿.


Posted by: J Greely at February 08, 2012 04:54 PM (2XtN5)

2 I can't get the page to work, but that's hilarious. 

Posted by: tellu541 at February 08, 2012 08:16 PM (pJ1uW)

3 For extra fun, Majutsu refers to the word "magic" only in the western European sense.  It's technically incorrect to refer to any eastern religious tradition as majutsu.  Not, of course, that the guy who made that site has any idea of such things.

Posted by: tellu541 at February 10, 2012 12:28 AM (pJ1uW)

4 Hanzi Smatter still exists! (He let his domain lapse, and moved to Blogspot.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 10, 2012 10:03 PM (+rSRq)

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