猫のあい-love of cats?

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猫のあい-love of cats?

Post by TJack » Wed 07.08.2009 4:27 pm

There was a discussion on another board talking of the translation neko no ai.
One person said it can be translated as:

"Cat of love"
"Cat's love"
"Love cat"
"Cat love"

while another poster said it could only be translated as "love of cat(s)" and nothing else.
Can someone clear this up? I thought it would be the cat's love, since の marks the possessive.
I hope this isn't too trivial of a question.

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Re: 猫のあい-love of cats?

Post by .Jingoo » Wed 07.08.2009 5:14 pm

I'm no expert, but I read that as "Cat's love". But after throwing it around for a while, "Love of Cats" seemed capable, too. Maybe it's one of those things that is so simple, it gets complicated.
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Re: 猫のあい-love of cats?

Post by sei » Wed 07.08.2009 5:19 pm

I read it as "Cat's love" too. But I could understand the use of "love of cats" IF the "love is from the cats" (which means the same as "Cat's love") and not "someone who loves cats".
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Re: 猫のあい-love of cats?

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Wed 07.08.2009 5:28 pm

TJack wrote:since の marks the possessive..
That is only one of の's functions; XのY can also mean that Y is described by X, without any relation to possession at all.

In this case, however, it does indicate possession -- 猫の愛 means the love that cats have. 猫愛 can mean "love for cats" but it's a little slangish.  猫への愛 is a possibility for "love for cats".

The four possibilities suggested:
"Cat of love" --> 愛の猫 (This is the "Y is described by X" structure, not possession)
"Cat's love" --> 猫の愛
"Love cat" --> 愛の猫 or 愛猫
"Cat love" --> 猫の愛 (this is the same thing as "cat's love"? If "cat love" is supposed to mean "love for cats" then it can be 猫への愛 as above.)
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Re: 猫のあい-love of cats?

Post by TJack » Wed 07.08.2009 5:49 pm

Thanks everyone, I understand it better now.

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Re: 猫のあい-love of cats?

Post by coco » Thu 07.09.2009 8:20 pm

I guess あい can be a name of someone's cat.
猫のあい= A/the cat called あい.

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Post by keatonatron » Fri 07.10.2009 2:11 am

coco wrote:I guess あい can be a name of someone's cat.
猫のあい= A/the cat called あい.
It could also be the name of a cat who met an unfortunate accident: Neko no-eye.

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Post by tōkai devotee » Fri 07.10.2009 6:51 am

keatonatron wrote:
It could also be the name of a cat who met an unfortunate accident: Neko no-eye.

:lol:

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Post by coco » Fri 07.10.2009 8:26 am

keatonatron wrote: It could also be the name of a cat who met an unfortunate accident: Neko no-eye.
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:lol:

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Post by selinangela » Mon 07.20.2009 8:26 pm

Cat's love :oops:

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Re: 猫のあい-love of cats?

Post by Hyperworm » Mon 07.20.2009 9:38 pm

Someone should probably hit the smite key on that account. >_>

None of its 6 posts contribute anything of substance.
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2 are exact duplicates of other text/posts in the thread (even the apparently innocent-looking revival post in the shiritori quiz thread was an exact character-for-character duplicate!),
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and the remaining 1 is a not-so-subtle nod to the advert in its signature >_>
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Post by Yudan Taiteki » Mon 07.20.2009 10:08 pm

I had the same thought; I think it's either a spam bot or someone posting for the sole purpose of advertising that site in the sig.
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Post by Infidel » Tue 07.21.2009 5:06 pm

You guys didn't quote, so I suppose there is a deleted post there somewhere.
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Post by NocturnalOcean » Tue 07.21.2009 5:36 pm

Infidel wrote:You guys didn't quote, so I suppose there is a deleted post there somewhere.
Not deleted. They refer to selinangelas short post.
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