Word of the day – pachi pachi
Today’s word, パチパチ (pachi pachi) is an onomatopoeic Japanese word meaning:
1. pleasant clapping sound;
2. sound of something hot bursting open (i.e. popcorn);
3. incessant blinking
It came up while I was chatting with some Japanese friends earlier today and is one of the many onomatopoeic words in Japanese.
Here are some more examples:
バラバラ (bara bara) – rattle
クスクス (kusu kusu) – giggle
ポチャポチャ (pocha pocha) – splash
フサフサ (fusa fusa) – a full and attractive head of hair
ギトギト (gito gito) – being oily
イライラ (ira ira) – the state of being frustrated
ポカポカ (poka poka) – the state of being nice and warm
Interestingly, some such words describe visual phenomena, such as blinking, or feelings rather than sounds. Does any other language do this?
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