ぺちゃくちゃ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Alteration from べちゃくちゃ (bechakucha), an onomatopoeia for a large number of people talking noisily.[1][2] The shift from initial /b/ to /p/ changes the meaning from an emphasis on noisy to an emphasis on lively. Compare English gabble, chatter, yackety-yak.

Also analyzable as a compound of root elements:

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Tokyo) ちゃくちゃ [péꜜchàkùchà] (Atamadaka - [1])[2]
  • IPA(key): [pe̞t͡ɕʲa̠kɯᵝt͡ɕʲa̠]

Adverb[edit]

ぺちゃくちゃ (katakana ペチャクチャ, romaji pechakucha)

  1. continuously and in a lively fashion (talking)

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9