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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

〃 Ditto Mark in Japanese

The Japanese ditto mark, 〃, called nono-ji-ten ノノ字点, because it resembles the katakana ノ twice, tenten てんてん, chonchon ちょんちょん, and officially onajiku kigou 同じく記号, works just like the English ditto mark: it's used when a part of one line is the same thing as the previous line.

The only difference being that English uses a ditto mark for each word repeated, while Japanese uses just one ditto mark for the entire repeated part.

Example of Japanese ditto mark. ousai gakuen seitokai kaisoku hito~tsu! himegoto wa... subete houkoku se yo! 桜才学園 生徒会会則 ひとーつ!秘め事は…全て報告せよ! Ousai Gakuen Student Council Rules O~ne! Your secrets... report all of them! (ditto) futa~tsu! fudeoroshi wa... shinchou ni 〃ふたーつ!筆下ろしは…慎重に ””””” Tw~o! The first time... be prudent. (ditto) mittsu! miraretara... misekaese! 〃三つ!見られたら…見せ返せ! ””””” Three! If you're seen... show back! Every episode of the anime Seitokai Yakuindomo 生徒会役員共 has a segment where a new innuendo-filled "rule" is declared. The declarations all start the same way. Not pictured: Tsuda's retorts.

Note that this mark is unlikely to show up in manga, or in any dialogue text. It can show in a school, an actual, real school, in class, when a teacher is writing on an actual blackboard. As well as in tables when you have multiple rows and cells of a row are the same thing as cells of the row above.
In vertical text, dou 仝 is sometimes used as a ditto mark for what's written in a previous line. As is the word doujou 同上, "same as above (written before.)."

Note: don't confuse 〃, the ditto mark, with double quotes used in Japanese.

Quotation marks seen in manga Boku no Hero Academia 僕のヒーローアカデミア. Transcription: kono sekai ja... mezurashii nanno "kosei" om yadottenai kata da. In this world that's rare... no kind of "quirk" dwelling in you type.

Note: also don't confuse the ditto mark with "ditto," like, "yeah," in agreement, which could be something like:
  • aa ああ
  • sou da そうだ
    That's so.
  • soko! そこ!

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