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Oxford English Dictionary Adds the Word 'Hentai'

posted on 2011-03-25 13:31 EDT by Egan Loo
Online entry defines word as "subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime"

Oxford University Press announced on Thursday that it is adding the word "hentai" to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) in its latest update. The Japanese-derived word is among other new entries such as LOL, OMG, and rotoscoping. Oxford's online entry for hentai is as follows:

Pronunciation: /hɛnˈtʌɪ/
noun
[mass noun]
a subgenre of the Japanese genres of manga and anime, characterized by overtly sexualized characters and sexually explicit images and plots.

Origin:
1990s: Japanese, literally 'abnormal, perverted'

The OED also added "otaku" in 2004. The Oxford Dictionary of English, the single-volume "shorter" alternative to the 20-volume OED, added the word "otaku" to its second edition in 2005, followed by "hikikomori" in the third edition last year.

Source: Wired


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