もしもし

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A reduplication of もし (moshi), a shortened form of 申し (mōshi), the noun stem form of humble verb 申す (mōsu, to say).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

もしもし (romaji moshi moshi)

  1. A common Japanese telephone greeting: hello; a common greeting used when answering the telephone.
    もしもし。こちらは、山田 (やまだ)エージェンシーです。ご用件 (ようけん)は?
    MOshimoshi. Kochira wa, Yamada ējenshī desu. Go yōken wa?
    (on the phone) Hello. This is Yamada Agency. May I help you?
  2. Used to confirm that the person being addressed is listening, or to confirm if anyone is listening.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9