Friday, March 22, 2019

W Prefix

In Japanese, W means "double," daburu ダブル, when used as a prefix, e.g. a daburu deeto ダブルデート means a "double date." This happens because W is pronounced as "double u," daburyuu ダブリュー, which sounds like double.

See also: katakanized alphabet letters.

あ ゆっこおはよー Wメガネ!!!
Manga: Nichijou 日常 (Chapter 28)
  • Context: Minakami Mai 水上麻衣 greets Aioi Yuuko 相生祐子.
  • a, Yuuko, ohayoo
    Ah, Yuuko, good morning.
  • W-megane!!!
    Double glasses!!!

Not to be confused with wwww, which means "lol" instead, just like kusa.


For reference, some examples of W being used this way.

Anime: Masamune-kun no Revenge, 政宗くんのリベンジ (Episode 11)
  • Context: two different classes decide to do the same theater play.
  • W-shirayukihime
    Double snow white.
Hirasawa Yui 平沢唯 doing a "double peace" sign, daburu piisu ダブルピース next to Akiyama Mio 秋山澪.
Left: Hirasawa Yui 平沢唯
Right: Akiyama Mio 秋山澪
Anime: K-On!, Keion! けいおん! (Episode 3)
  • Context: a cute pose.
  • daburu piisu
    Double peace [sign].

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