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Weeaboo means you act and speak as if your Japanese even though you most definitely are not.

And in all honesty its pretty annoying. I love anime and Manga in all of its holiness but there's a fine line in the sentences

"I love anime and manga" and "I love anime so much its so sugoi~desu. you should totally check out kawaii series like Naruto and Bleach kun-chan :3.Nyan Nyan Nyan"

I just don't like when people mix and mash languages together. Its ANNOYING!!!!!!


I have nothing against Bleach and Naruto, just examples
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kaptainkooleio wrote:

Weeaboo means you act and speak as if your Japanese even though you most definitely are not.

And in all honesty its pretty annoying. I love anime and Manga in all of its holiness but there's a fine line in the sentences

"I love anime and manga" and "I love anime so much its so sugoi~desu. you should totally check out kawaii series like Naruto and Bleach kun-chan :3.Nyan Nyan Nyan"

I just don't like when people mix and mash languages together. Its ANNOYING!!!!!!


I have nothing against Bleach and Naruto, just examples


This. It's definitely annoying when people do that. They use common terms that are used way too many times in anime/manga, that it becomes a trend. If you can't fully speak Japanese, don't speak it at all. Those are my two cents anyway.
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Muchetron wrote:


14383421 wrote:
I never looked into the origin of the term - I just remember seeing pictures with similar themes.
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Comes from this (unrelated to anime) comic http://pbfcomics.com/71.
People on 4chan or some other site started using the term to make fun of anime nerds.


4chan at least way back then was basically a nerdy anime board it still partly is but got dragged into being a bit of everything. They got really bored of the term "Wapanese" which was the term used to describe white kids who try to act what they think Japanese people act like from watching anime and they decided to exchange it with an incredibly ridiculous word that makes no sense. For the most part they just replaced some racial slur with a silly word because why the heck not.

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/weeaboo it's explained here.



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I love anime, have a interest in Japanese culture, barring the war criminals worship, as national heroes bit, but I am reasonably sure I have never used Japanese words, or phrases in everyday conversation.
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i have never been called a 'weeaboo'
Posted 4/11/14 , edited 4/11/14

onibrotonel wrote:

It's like white people know more about other people's culture than knowing their own.
Ask them to name their states, probably all of them, and a few of them would fail.

There was an episode on Jimmy Kimmel where they asked a lady how many stars in the US flag. She responded, "I don't know. I can't count them because the flag is waving way too much against the wind."


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There's even a clip on Youtube where youngsters [18 > age > 26] being asked what Dr Martin Luther King Day was. Yes, even the "African Americans" or "black people" failed to answer the question.

Do they even know the true meaning of Dr Martin Luther King Day? [rhetorical]

Oh, let freedom ring.


I think the failure rate of being challenged to recall 50 items on the spot is probably pretty regardless of cultural awareness.

I don't think YouTube and Jimmy Kimmel are a solid bases to form an opinion on all white people. they are edited for comedic effect, so of course they are going to show the worst, and last you can find ignorant people in any culture.
It's interesting you bring up Dr. King considering your post has a slight tinge of what could be considered racism.

Besides it's not like people quizzed on their understanding of their own culture before be labeled weeaboo, cracker, or other derogatory term for enjoying some aspect of another culture.
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Honestly, it's one of those words that I never understood how it could offend anyone.

Whenever I hear someone call someone a weeaboo negatively it's always after they insult them. It's like a period to their already insulting sentence. "God, I hate how she tries to act cute and speaks in random Japanese. What a freakin' weeaboo." In that situation the person could have put idiot, annoyance, loser, or any other type of insult word and it would mean just as little. The only difference is that it has a vague meaning on what type of idiot haha.

People call people names. Just have to shrug it off :3
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Is saying "weeaboo" nicer than saying "Japanophile"?

I wonder. *starts thinking*
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It is suppose to be an insult
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kaptainkooleio wrote:

Weeaboo means you act and speak as if your Japanese even though you most definitely are not.

And in all honesty its pretty annoying. I love anime and Manga in all of its holiness but there's a fine line in the sentences

"I love anime and manga" and "I love anime so much its so sugoi~desu. you should totally check out kawaii series like Naruto and Bleach kun-chan :3.Nyan Nyan Nyan"

I just don't like when people mix and mash languages together. Its ANNOYING!!!!!!


I have nothing against Bleach and Naruto, just examples


Hi. I'm learning how to read and speak Japanese because I plan to go there as a teacher. Do call me a weeaboo.
Posted 4/11/14
I always get called a weeaboo. Not offline, no, but online, if I even mention anything anime or Japan related, people always call me out on it. I don't use Japanese terms in my words, though. Unless I'm joking. A couple years ago, I did, but ever since I took Japanese classes, I realized piecing those sentences together with English words does not make sense whatsoever.
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This is already been established in a previous thread; however since the repetitiveness of this, I'll again state that I have in mind of what a weeaboo is. I hate weeaboos. Weeaboos the type of people who think every mainstream anime is some hard find and they arbitrarily say or type in broken Japanese into an English phrase, like kaptainkooleio gave an example of. Annoying narcissistic attention seekers should find other hobbies.
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I call my little sister a weeaboo all the time. I think it applies to people who are just too obsessed with anime and the surrounding culture. Everything in moderation, folks.
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I grew up hating weeaboos and was put off anime by them for years until I discovered Vocaloid. I still, to this day, hate weeaboos but that's because they are still a major problem in the vocaloid fanbase. Bias against westerners by westerners makes me very angry and the fact that it's hard for western musicians to get big in the vocaloid world because of this bias is terrible. I don't think we shold rely on Japan to make the best songs when the western fanbase should be an equal competitor to it.

Another problem was brought up just a few years ago on a website called Danbooru. Certian moderators understood "anime related" as a concept that meant "no westerners" which was a very weeabooic thing to think. It ended up with Touhou comics that were made by westerners being flagged for no reason and others being deleted despite the fact that they are clearly topics within the general anime community. I don't know if these things still happen but I still bear a prejudice against weeaboos because of that incident.

Not every Otaku is a weeaboo (although they somtimes overlap) and not everybody who loves Japanese culture is either. People from the western fanbase who have an almost racist bias against the western fanbase are weeaboos and that is not a good thing.
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