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Inishie (古 – Obsolete)

  • Inishie

    When I use words that were popular several years ago, sometimes young people describe them as inishie (古), which shocks me.

    Inishie refers to a distant past, and when used to describe other words, it implies that they are “obsolete.”

    The slang used by today’s youth changes rapidly. Therefore, if you use slang terms that were popular just a few years ago, they might be referred to as inishie no kotoba (古の言葉 – “obsolete words”), and you could be treated as an old person.

    Although inishie was originally used in formal and written language, it seems increasingly used in casual conversation among young people to emphasize that something is obsolete.

    Note that it often carries a connotation of ridicule.

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