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KATAROGU \ catalogue \ カタログ
KĪBŌDO \ keyboard \ キーボード
KONPYŪTĀ \ computer \ コンピューター
KYANPĒN \ campaign \ キャンペーン
MANEJĀ \ manager \ マネジャー
PĀSENTO \ percent \ パーセント
PURO \ pro \ プロ
RAIBARU \ rival \ ライバル
SHISUTEMU \ system \ システム
SUKEJYŪRU \ schedule \ スケジュール
APO \ appointment \ アポ
Abbreviation of the English APPOintment. Common as business jargon and print-ad copy, condensed to fit time or space constraints. Lengthy words such as "appointment" take on additional syllables when fully phoneticized as Japanglish (apoinTOmenTO \ アポイントメント).
BABURU \ bubble \ バブル
Nuanced use of the English word. A period in Japan when the value of the Japanese yen was extremely strong; any similar "boom" times.
BEDDOTAUN \ bed town \ ベッドタウン
Suburbs; exurbs; commuter towns. Outskirts of a metropolitan area; in Tokyo: Saitama et al.
FURONTO \ front \ フロント
Front desk of a hotel et al.
GYARA \ guarentee \ ギャラ
Nuanced usage of the abbreviated English word GUAREntee; a contracted payment.
KYATCHIKOPĪ \ catch copy \ キャッチコピー
Advertisement tagline; Slogan.
MASUKOMI \ mass communication \ マスコミ
Mass media (news); the press.
NŌKURĒMUNŌRITĀN \ no claim no return \
An as-is sale.
ŌDĀMEIDO \ order made \ オーダーメイド
Nuanced abbreviation corresponding to the English phrase "made to order".
PASOKON \ PERSOnal COMputer \ パソコン
PC; standard home computer.
RIPĪTĀ \ repeater \ リピーター
SĀBISU \ service \ サービス
Complementary; "on the house"; free of charge.
SARARĪMAN \ salaryman \ サラリーマン
Businessman; company employee on a salary.
SEKUHARA \ SEXual HARAssment \ セクハラ
Contraction of the English compound word.
ZEMINĀRU \ seminar \ ゼミナール
Usually abbreviated as ZEMI (ゼミ).
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BĀGEN \ bargain \ バーゲン
BIJINESU \ business \ ビジネス
CHIKETTO \ ticket \ チケット
CHIPPU \ tip \ チップ
ESUKARĒTĀ \ escalator \ エスカレーター
GAIDO \ guide \ ガイド
GASORIN \ gasoline \ ガソリン
GUZZU \ goods \ グッズ
INKU \ ink \ インク
JĀNARISUTO \ journalist \ ジャーナリスト
KAMERA \ camera \ カメラ
All of these words remain true to their English definition; only pronunciation is altered for Japanese phonetics. A separate list explaining nuanced usages and abbreviations follows this list of straightforward transliterations.
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These English words are commonly used and understood by Japanese people, albeit as pronounced with a Japanese accent when spoken and spelled out phonetically using Japanese Katakana when written (Katakana spelling is provided). Their definitions correspond to that of the English word. *A separate list explaining nuanced usages and/or abbreviations follows.
Known in Japan by Japanglicized versions of the name of the inventor or company who popularized the invention. As new technologies go global, many countries identify inventions in this manner, with the name entering that country's lexicon for posterity. As if calling a light bulb an Edison.
BARIKAN \ hair clippers (usually electric) \ バリカン
Bariquand & Marre (France)
BUROMAIDO \ bromide (photograph) \ ブロマイド
Nuanced usage of the transliterated "bromide" photographic processes to refer to the glossy photographic prints marketed to promote celebrities (outdated but sometimes used esoterically).
HOTCHIKISU \ stapler \ ホッチキス
E. H. Hotchkiss (USA)
KURAKUSHON \ car horn \ クラクション
* Not the inventor's name, but the patented brand name Klaxon.
RENTOGEN \ X-ray (medical) \ クラクション
Wilhelm Röntgen (Germany)
SHĀPEN \ Sharp pen \ シャーペン \
Mechanical pencil; references the Sharp company. Sometimes also SHĀPENSHIRU (Sharp pencil \ シャープペンシル).
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