[TUHS] Mushi and Bagu

Steve Nickolas usotsuki at buric.co
Thu Feb 16 01:27:13 AEST 2017

On Wed, 15 Feb 2017, Larry McVoy wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 09:51:58AM -0500, Nemo wrote:
>> Follow-up to Larry's "Mushi! Mushi!" story
>> (http://minnie.tuhs.org/pipermail/tuhs/2017-February/008149.html).
>> I showed this to a Japanese acquaintance, who found it hilarious for a
>> different reason. He told me that a s/w bug is "bagu" -- a
>> semi-transliteration -- and "mushi" is "I ignore you".  So corporate
>> called, asked for status, and the technical guy said "I am going to
>> ignore you!" and then hung up.
> Wow, that's even better than "Bug, bug!".  Are you sure?  Someone else
> said moshi was hi and mushi was bug.  Does mushi have two meanings?

If you can believe this the Japanese version of "Pok¨¦mon" occasionally 
puns on the dual meaning of "mushi" - ³æ¤ÏŸoÒ• ("mushi wa mushi", more or 
less, "the bugs don't bug me").


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