アイス

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Japanese[edit]

Noun[edit]

アイス (romaji aisu)

  1. ice
  2. ice cream, icecream
  3. (slang, archaic) [c. mid-late Meiji period] loan shark, usurer

Usage notes[edit]

In the sense of usurer, this word emerged as a play on words as 高利貸し "usurer" and 氷菓子 "ice candy" are pronounced identically in Japanese. This led to usurers being referred to as アイスクリーム , shortened to just アイス.

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