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The Japanese Youth Slang Term ‘Mi’ (み) : Part 2

  • The Japanese Youth Slang Term ‘Mi’: Part 2

    若者言葉の「み」 Part 2

    Although mi (み) is a suffix used to turn adjectives into nouns, young Japanese people today apply it to various adjectives and even verbs.

    The most famous example of using mi to nominalize a verb is wakarimi (わかりみ – “understanding”), which derives from the verb wakaru (わかる – “to understand”).

    The correct reason why young people began to attach mi to various words is not known, but it is thought to be for reasons such as “to soften the assertion by using euphemistic expressions” or “for the funny and cute sounds of the words.”

    Here, since using these nouns by themselves is incomplete as a sentence, they are often used with other verbs or adjectives, such as aru (ある – “to exist”), fukai (深い – “deep”), and kanjiru (感じる – “to feel”).

    Wakarimi ga fukai (わかりみが深い – “I totally understand.”) *very frequently used
    Yabami wo kanjiru (やばみを感じる – “I feel dangerous.”)

    Original sentence