Public domain day 2015

I wrote a short piece about Public Domain Day 2015 for Néojaponisme that you might enjoy. (Don't worry, the entire second half is about argot number words!)

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I was intrigued by the Argot Etymology book, and looked around it a little. But I wonder how useful it is except for historic research. But then, I also wonder how useful a 2014 argot dictionary would be. I wonder if anyone has looked at the annual shingo-jiten to see how many newly coined words survive more than a year.


It has proved useless in day-to-day life but of occasional use in reading proletarian literature and the like. (Mostly I just like reading through it.)

Aime la vérité, mais pardonne à l'erreur

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