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New Japanese words are added to English dictionary

Date Posted: 2005-06-17

A British English language dictionary has expanded its volumes to include more Japanese words.
The Collins English Dictionary now being published says it has included a handful of Japanese words among the 1,500 new words in its latest edition. The word “handroll” is one, describing “a large cone of dried seaweed filled with cold rice and other ingredients, and eaten with the fingers rather than chopsticks.” Another is “movieoke”, with a word definition of “an entertainment in which people take, in turn with the help of subtitles and the audience, to act out well known scenes from movies while they’re being shown silently in the background.”

The Collins English Dictionary publishers say 50 new words were chosen from more than 3,000 new words were recommended for inclusion in its 2005 edition. The dictionary operates a “word exchange” via its website.

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