Sunday, October 09, 2005

Japan's contributions to "The Meaning of Tingo"

Author Adam Jacot de Boinod's The Meaning of Tingo (and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World) includes a few entries from the Japanese language.

One is sokaiya, which refers to a person (usually a yakuza) who buys a small number of shares in a company for the purpose of attending the annual shareholders' meeting and extorting money there by threatening to disrupt the proceedings with shouting and other unruly behavior.

Sokaiya breaks down into sokai, which means "annual meeting [of shareholders]," and the suffix ya, which means "purveyor of" (as in panya, a baker) or, more broadly, "someone who makes his living at [something]."

The book's author has his own blog about the book.

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