Thursday, April 18, 2019

ochinchin おちんちん

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In Japanese, ochinchin おちんちん is a childish way to say "penis," like "wiener," "pee pee," "wee wee," etc. It's literally the word chinchin plus the polite o- お~ prefix. It's also spelled おチンチン, オチンチン, and also romanized otintin.

ちんちん
Manga: Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai ~Tensai-Tachi no Ren'ai Zunousen~ かぐや様は告らせたい~天才たちの恋愛頭脳戦~ (Chapter 27)

Note that ochinchin only has one meaning, while chinchin ちんちん has other meanings. For example, chinchin can refer to a kind of dog trick, but ochinchin can not.

This happens because terms for body parts sometimes get the o- お~ prefix attached to them. For example: te 手, "hand," becomes ote お手. Since a dog trick isn't a body part, it doesn't get the prefix, so it's chinchin but not ochinchin.

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  1. I like how many layers of childishness can be added to words like penis. Chinchin already comes from children's language, then it can be enhanced by adding the polite prefix o-, and you can take it even further by adding the suffix -san to make it extra childish. Ochinchin-san would probably translate to something like Lil' Mr. PeePee.

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