Munya Munya (むにゃむにゃ – Muttering)

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    Munya Munya

    むにゃむにゃ


    The onomatopoeic phrase munya munya is sometimes used to represent the muttering of words that do not make sense.
    意味のわからない言葉をつぶやくさまを、「むにゃむにゃ」という擬声語で表現することがあります。

    This onomatopoeic phrase was probably made just by imitating someone’s words that do not make sense. As such, there is no apparent complex etymology at work here.
    恐らく、深い語源はなく、意味のわからない発言の音を単に表現しようとして生まれた言葉だと思われます。

    An online dictionary says that one of the meanings of munya munya is “talking with food in one’s mouth.” However, I think that this description is wrong.
    「むにゃむにゃ」は特に、寝ぼけているときの不明瞭な発言や、意味不明な寝言を表す際によく使われます。

    Even though munya munya can express that one chews and eats food slowly, the most appropriate onomatopoeic word is mogo mogo (もごもご), which means to talk with food in one’s mouth.
    あるオンライン辞書では “talking with food in one’s mouth” とありましたが、 口に食べ物を入れながら話すことを「むにゃむにゃ」とは普通言わないと思います。

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