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 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of humble verb 申す (mōsu, to say, to speak).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

もしもし (moshi moshi

  1. (telephony) a common Japanese telephone greeting: hello; 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?
    Moshi moshi. 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
    1. Earth to someone

Alternative forms[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
  3. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN

Okinawan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese もしもし (moshi moshi).

Interjection[edit]

もしもし (romāji moshi moshi)

  1. A common telephone greeting: hello; used when answering the telephone.

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