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yakuza

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The Impossible Generalized Man today is the critic who believes in loving those unworthy of love as well as those worthy—yet believes this only insofar as no personal risk is entailed. Meaning he loves no one, worthy or no. This is what makes him impossible.
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English

Etymology

Obscure, but popularly said to originate from the lowest hand in hanafuda, a popular card game: 8 (ya), 9 (ku) 3 (za) (ie: worthless)

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /jəˈkuːzə/

Noun

Singular
yakuza

Plural
yakuza

yakuza (yakuza)
  1. A Japanese organized crime gang
  2. A member of a Japanese organized crime gang

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Japanese

Noun

yakuza (hiragana やくざ, katakana ヤクザ)

  1. yakuza

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