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  • “Niyakeru (にやける)” is a Japanese verb that is commonly used.


    However, according to a poll conducted several years ago, around 77% of Japanese use this verb in the wrong sense.

    Niyakeru is a term for men, and it means to glam up sexily like women, or to be wishy-washy.

    However, most Japanese seem to think that niyakeru means to smile thinly.

    I think that the reason is because it’s similar to an onomatopoeia “niyaniya,” which represents the sound coming from a thin smile.

    Since there are so many people who misunderstand the meaning, the meaning in dictionaries may change in the near future.

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