ゆくさ

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The term yukusa derives from a contraction of the adverb 良く (yoku, well) (yoku → you → yu), the emphatic particle こそ (koso) (koso → kuso), and the topic particle (wa). It is cognate to the standard Japanese form ようこそ (yōkoso).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [jɯ̟ᵝkɯ̟ᵝsa̠]

Adverb[edit]

ゆくさ (rōmaji yukusa)

  1. (Kagoshima) an expression of appreciation at someones arrival; welcome
    ゆくさおさいじゃしたかごっまへ。
    Yukusa osaijashita Kagomma e.
    Welcome to Kagoshima.

Usage notes[edit]

The expression "yukusa" used in the Kagoshima dialect is generally followed by an honorific verbal construction, such as おさいじゃした osaijashita or おじゃったもした ojatta moshita, and subsequently the place of arrival.