アイス

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English ice.[1][2]

Pronunciation[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 ‎(kōri kashi, usurer, literally high-interest lender) and 氷菓子 ‎(kōri kashi, ice cream, literally ice candy) have the same readings. This led to usurers being referred to as アイスクリーム ‎(aisu kurīmu), shortened to just アイス (aisu).[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9