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Lexical Leavings

by Tom Gally



A correspondent in Australia asks if I know of any Japanese dictionaries of abbreviated jukugo. I don't.

Such abbreviations are common in many contexts, including newspaper headlines. Here are three examples that appear at this writing on the top page at Asahi.com:
菸  (for )
n  (for nٔ)
  (for w)
Each of these three abbreviations appears in kokugo dictionaries, but many similar abbreviations do not (my correspondent mentions as an example d for d). As such abbreviations can be difficult for learners of Japanese to figure out, a specialized dictionary, if one does not already exist, would be of value.
(February 12, 2003)