The Imperial pronoun

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ShounenSuki
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The Imperial pronoun

Post by ShounenSuki » Thu 12.13.2007 5:31 pm

I heard the emperor of Japans used to use the first person pronoun 朕, until WWII. I was wondering what pronoun he uses nowadays.

I'd also like to know what second person pronouns he uses/used to use.

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Yudan Taiteki
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RE: The Imperial pronoun

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Thu 12.13.2007 7:03 pm

The Emperor nowadays uses the same pronouns as everyone else, there's no special set of pronouns for him.
-Chris Kern

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Oracle
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RE: The Imperial pronoun

Post by Oracle » Thu 12.13.2007 10:02 pm

The father in my Japanese homestay family in highschool told me that people had jokingly called General McArthur "へそ” (belly button). Why? Because he was higher than 朕 (ちん).

I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to work out why that's funny :)  
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NZJutsu
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RE: The Imperial pronoun

Post by NZJutsu » Fri 12.14.2007 3:36 am

Haha, I like it!

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