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Japanese name suffixes (was Re: Moi, le Kou)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Saturday, January 13, 2001, 1:33
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From: E-Ching Ng <>
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2001 4:17 AM
Subject: Re: Moi, le Kou (was: verbs = nouns?)

>Sounds like -chan is a friendly suffix used by female speakers?
Interesting! Responding to someone's question earlier, -kun according to my 1963 textbook is a familiar suffix attached to men's and boys' names. (This textbook also says that -chan is an honorific suffix added to children's given names, but clearly that doesn't quite fit - Dagu-chan is not a child. I guess the language changed since 1963.)
> >I didn't know that -dono could be a name suffix. Would be interested in
hearing what it means. <wry g> Yeah, my 1960's German grammar has a bunch of the older spellings so when I hit class, I'd already learned the older forms of some words. I heard/saw -dono in Rurouni Kenshin, which is a quasihistorical anime (the laws of physics tend to get broken with increasing frequency in fight scenes) set during the Meiji Restoration, so maybe it's an archaic or dying form. YHL