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mōshi mōshi

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Japanese

Etymology

Derives from the verb mōsu (申す, もうす), (humble) "to speak". Mōshi mōshi literally means "speaking speaking", and was used in the first telephone experiment in Japan, quite similar to the English "checking, checking" or "testing, testing" used when testing audio equipment. In modern parlance, it is used more like English "hello", only just on the telephone, or figuratively when trying to get through to someone.

Interjection

mōshi mōshi (kanji 申し申し, hiragana もうしもうし)

  1. (obsolete) An interjection used when attempting to get someone's attention.

Usage notes

  • This form of the term is obsolete and not used in modern Japanese. For the modern Japanese equivalent, see moshi moshi.
  • This term has been used in Europe and in the United States as a name for things such as stores, restaurants, record labels and bands. A Google search of the term results in 1,220,000 non-Japanese counts of the word — written in Latin characters [1].

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