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From:Mathias M. Lassailly <lassailly@...>
Date:Thursday, December 10, 1998, 7:18
Laurie wrote :

> BTW, I asked my Japanese teacher today about the use of the verb "nomu" > with cigarettes. As others have stated, "nomu" is usually translated > into English as "to drink". There is another verb "suu", which also > means to inhale and to breathe. It is used also with cigarettes, but > takes a more casual connotation where "nomu" is considered more > polite/formal. The verb "nomu" is also used for all medicines, even if > they are solids like pills. I think someone else mentioned that too. >
I did, but no copyright implied :-) Nomu is *to swallow*. Thin soup is called *sui-mono* from that verb *suu*, but I figure it's because you drink it hot as if you *aspirated* it (*susuru*). It makes me think of Khmer verb *si* = to eat for animals. Mathias ----- See the original message at