What is wasei-eigo? 和製英語 (わせいえいご) is literally “Japanese-made English.” Wasei-eigo are unique Japanese words that have been adopted and adapted from English words. Some words have been abbreviated or transformed; some words have changed meaning from the original.
Here are ten fashion-related wasei-eigo.
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Wasei-eigo are part of カタカナ語 (katakana words). If you’re interested in learning more about these curious words, check out “100 Curious Katakana Words.” Learn more and sign up to our newsletter here for a free sample book.