うんこ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From うん ‎(un, the sound made when straining) + suffix ‎(ko, diminutive nominalizer).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

うんこ ‎(romaji unko)

  1. (childish) poop, doo-doo (faeces, excrement)

Usage notes[edit]

An informal and somewhat childish word; compare the more formal 大便.

While うんこ (unko) is sometimes given as a literal translation of English interjection shit! as an expression of displeasure, this is inaccurate, as unko! sounds more like someone saying “Oh turd!” or “Oh doo-doo!” in English. Rather, the vulgar くそ ‎(kuso, shit, excrement) or the less vulgar ちぇ ‎(che, onomatopoeic interjection of displeasure) may be used, while the most common expression of displeasure is しまった ‎(shimatta, oops, uh-oh, usually when it is one's own fault).

Verb[edit]

うんこ + する ‎(romaji unko suru)

  1. (childish) to poop, to shit

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References[edit]

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