もしもし

JapaneseEdit

EtymologyEdit

A reduplication of もし (moshi), a shortened form of 申し (mōshi), the noun stem form of humble verb 申す (mōsu, to say).

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

もしもし (romaji moshi moshi)

  1. A common Japanese telephone greeting: hello; a common greeting used when answering the telephone.
    もしもし。こちらは、山田 (やまだ)エージェンシーです。ご用件 (ようけん)は?
    MOshimoshi. Kochira wa, Yamada ējenshī desu. Go yōken wa?
    (on the phone) Hello. This is Yamada Agency. May I help you?
  2. Used to confirm that the person being addressed is listening, or to confirm if anyone is listening.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
Last modified on 14 February 2014, at 03:37