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Posted 5 days ago , edited 5 days ago
Its just one weird question for you guys,

Is the word "ossan" and insult or an informal way of speaking to someone older (slang)? Also if it is slang is it common slang? like would a 50 year old Japanese man know what "ossan" meant?

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I wouldn't really say it's an insult... But it's not exactly a nice thing to say either. But it's definitely waaaay informal. You wouldn't call someone that is above you in standing an ossan. It is extremely common slang I guess. Literally everyone knows what an ossan is.
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Posted 5 days ago

oneouts123 wrote:
Is the word "ossan" and insult or an informal way of speaking to someone older (slang)?


The easy answer to this is: both.
Keep in mind that "ojiisan" means "grandpa" and how that can be used in English in both an informal tone and a rude one. "Ossan" is similar to that, but for a younger "old man" (think in his forties or fifties). A 50-year-old Japanese man would be aware of the term, but you wouldn't really use it out of the blue and in common day-to-day conversations to my knowledge.
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