オタク

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From お宅 (otaku), the honorific version of (taku, home), referring to 1982–1983 Macross fans, or perhaps earlier; see Wikipedia discussion.

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オタク (rōmaji otaku)

  1. (derogatory) geek, nerd; one who is obsessed with something to the exclusion of such things as social interaction.

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  • In English, the word otaku is often used by anime lovers when referring to a big fan of anime or manga. In Japanese however, it is always derogatory.
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