How many of you like to watch anime? If you’re like me, you watch a lot! But which do you prefer, DUBs or SUBs?
If you watch anime in English (DUBs), then you’re probably not too familiar with the word BAKA. But if you’ve seen any anime in Japanese with English subtitles (SUBs) then you have definitely heard BAKA before!
So what does BAKA mean in Japanese? Let’s find out!
The simple answer is that BAKA is the Japanese word for idiot. But of course, it’s never as simple as that. BAKA is actually a very versatile insult that could be interpreted as any of the following:
It’s by far the most common insult in the Japanese language. And it’s a pretty light one too. You wouldn’t really get too upset if your friend said it to you.
But let’s get one thing straight: Japanese people are notorious for being polite! I highly doubt one of them would say this to you, unless you were really good friends. But if you watch any Japanese anime, get ready to hear it a lot!
How do you spell it?
Are you familiar with the Japanese alphabet at all? BAKA is normally written in katakana (バカ) so that it stands out in manga. But there is actual kanji for BAKA (馬鹿). These two kanji mean “horse” and “deer.” So an idiot is a “horse-deer” lol 🙂
馬 = horse
鹿 = deer
There are two other ways to say BAKA, but they basically mean the exact same thing:
bakamono = 馬鹿者
bakayarō = 馬鹿野郎
Interestingly enough, you can actually add the word BAKA to nouns, kind of like the way we use “damn” in English. Here’s what I mean:
Damn bug! = BAKA MUSHI – バカ虫
Hey, sometimes insults are fun! My buddies and I have been known to jest with each other from time to time! ^_^
And if you what to know some more Japanese swear words, then click here!
Do you know any insults in Japanese? What are they? Let me know with a comment!