What's New with Japanese? (13 New Japanese Words of 2015)

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13 New Japanese Phrases in 2015

2015 is coming to an end so we decided to look back on some interesting new terms that came out this last year. If you haven't been around Japan, then you probably haven't even heard many of these new 2015 Japanese slang words! (If you don't have any experience with Japanese slang, I think you'll see from these examples why it's really tricky)

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肩ズン (katazoon)

katagun anime guy head on shoulder

MeaningSound of head hitting someone's shoulder (to show interest)
Synonyms(none)
EtymologySimilar to the KabeDon, an older, very interesting buzzword
UsageNoun / Joke
Example壁ドンの次は肩ズンらしい!(April 2015)
 kabedon no tsuki wa katazunrashii!
 Katazun is the next kabedon!

わず (wazu)

MeaningWas. Slang past-tense form of "to be"
Synonyms〜だった。〜でした。
EtymologyJapanese pronunciation of ‘was’
Usageadd わず to the end of phrases
Exampleたけしと寿司わず。おいしかった〜!!
 Takeshi to sushi wazu. Oishikatta!
 I had sushi with Takeshi. It was delicious!

とりま (torima)

MeaningIn the meantime
Synonymsとりあえず
Etymologyabbreviation of とりあえずまあ
Usageconjunction
Exampleとりま今日は眠いから帰るわ!
 Torima kyou wa nemui kara kaeruwa!
 Anyways…Today I'm going back home because I feel sleepy.

おこ (oko)

oko angry person

MeaningSituation or feeling when someone gets angry.
Synonyms怒る
EtymologyAbbreviation of おこる (to get angry)
UsageUsually used as a joke. People use when they're not angry.
Exampleひろしの返信まじおそい。おこだわ。
 Hiroshi no henshin maji osoi. Okodawa.
 Hiroshi's reply was really late. I'm pissed.

チキる (chikiru)

chikiru chicken and panda

MeaningCoward, wimp, chicken
Synonymsチキン
Etymologyチキン means chicken which in English means someone who is easily scared
UsageVerb
Example私、チキって何もできなかった!
 Watashi, chikitte nanimo dekinakatta!
 I couldn't do anything because I became so cowardly!

つらたん (tsuratan)

tsurutan gudetama

MeaningHard; difficult; heart-breaking
Synonymsつらい
Etymologycomes from the word つらい
UsageAdjective
Example明日朝6時に起きなきゃ。まじつらたん
 Ashita asa rokuji ni okinakya. Maji tsuratan.
 I've got to wake up at six tomorrow. It’s seriously miserable.

神ってる (kamitteru)

MeaningMiraculously; Godlike
Synonyms絶妙
Etymology神 means God.
UsageAdjective
ExampleNBAのコービーのプレーはいつも神ってるな!
 NBA no Ko-bi- no pure- wa itsumo kamitteru na!
 Kobe's plays are always god-like!

ディスる (disuru)

MeaningDisrespect; Diss (slang)
Synonyms失敬
EtymologyAmerican slang - diss; Abbreviation of disrespect
UsageVerb
Exampleあなたは人の悪口を言いすぎ!そんなにディスったらダメだよ!
 anata wa hito no waruguchi o iisugi! Sonna ni disuttara dame dayo!
 You always speak ill of people! It's bad to show so much disrespect!

じわる (jiwaru)

MeaningGradual laugh
Synonymsじわじわ笑う
Etymologyじわじわ= gradually. Abbreviation of gradually get laughed
UsageVerb
Exampleあの芸人の一発ギャグはじわる
 ano geinin no ippatsu gyagu wa jiwaru
 The comedian's one-liner got me to gradually laugh.

秒で (byou de)

MeaningOn the spot; Immediately
Synonyms1秒で
EtymologyAbbreviation of 1秒で。 1秒= one second
UsageAdverb
Exampleあなたに遊びにさそわれたら、どこでも秒で行くよ!
 anata ni asobi ni sasowaretara, dokodemo byode iku yo!
 If you ask me to hang out, I'll go on the spot!

ずっとも (zuttomo)

zutto tomodachi

MeaningFriends forever
Synonymsずっと友達
Etymologyずっとともだち= we’re friends forever
UsageNoun
Exampleわたしたち、ずっともだよね!!
 watashitachi, zuttomo dayo ne!
 We’re friends forever , aren’t we?

セルフィー (serufi-)

japanese selfie

MeaningSelfie
Synonyms自分撮り
EtymologyFrom the English slang - selfie
UsageNoun
Exampleセルフィーしましょ!!
 serufii shimasho!
 Let's take a selfie!

あったかいんだから~ (Attakaindakara~)

MeaningSince it's warm
Synonyms(n/a)
EtymologyFrom a popular song by comedian group Kumamushi
UsageReference to song
ExampleSee Video Below