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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:51 pm    Post subject: 木こり Reply with quote
Can anyone tell me if 木こり is true Japanese term for "lumberjack" or if it is a more modern Japanese word for the "western" lumberjack?

On this note, anyone know of any resources (preferably in English...) dealing with Japanese language etymology?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It means "woodcutter," like the root compound suggests, and is an appropriately archaic term for historical stories. Modern lumberjacks tend to be called 林業従事者 or 林業作業員 ("forestry workers").

"Etymology" in Japan is called 語源学 (gogengaku). I'm not aware of any good English resources, but in Japanese there's the 日本語源大辞典 ("Big Dictionary of Word Origins") and, for kanji origins, the 漢字源.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks Ashigaru!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've always liked Kenneth Henshall's A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters for kanji origins.
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