Hello and greetings fellow otaku,
Now for those of you who have been loyal otaku for many years, I have an somewhat interesting story to share with you. Recently, the Oxford University Press who publishes the well known and highly regarded reference tool the Oxford English Dictionary has recently added a well known word from the world of Otaku culture. The Japanese word “Hikikomori” was recently added in addition to 2000 other words for the third edition of the dictionary.
Now for those of you who are wondering what the word means, here is the official definition from Oxford Dictionary Online,
Noun (plural same)
(in Japan) The abnormal avoidance of avoiding social contact, typically by adolescent males.
- a person who avoids social contact
Origin: Japanese, literally ‘staying indoors, (social) withdrawal’
Source-Oxford Dictionary Online
Used in a sentence:
The avid video game junkie was so hikikomori, he did not realize that he forgot his girlfriends birthday was last week!!!!!
OK, so that was a sucky example of how to use hikikomori in a sentence, but if you guys have a better example please feel free to leave it in the comments section at the end of this post. Hopefully you probably come up with something better!!!!! And with that, this will wrap up another edition of the week in anime.
So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there, all you have to do is find it. Ltrs.
Did you know that Hikikomori was not the only word from otaku culture added to the Oxford English Dictionary? Back in 2004, the word Otaku was added to the second edition of the dictionary. You can check out the definition of the Oxford English Dictionary website by clicking on the link below.
Otaku definition from the Oxford English Dictionary