あんた

See also: あんだ

JapaneseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Contraction of あなた (anata, you, second-person singular pronoun),[1][2] similar to あんちゃん (an-chan) from 兄ちゃん (ani-chan), もん (mon) from (mono) or (n) from (no).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

あんた or アンタ (anta

  1. (informal or dialectal) Alternative form of あなた (you) (second-person singular pronoun)
    • 2012 May 4, “(ざん)(ぎゃく)さの(しょう)() [Triumph of Cruelty]”, in アヴァシンの帰還 [Avacyn’s Return], Wizards of the Coast:
      あんたより()(わい)()(たい)はたくさん()てきたわよ、(じゅう)()(どう)()さん。
      Anta yori kawaii shitai wa takusan mitekita wa yo, jūmadōshi-san.
      I’ve seen corpses prettier than you, beastmage.
    • (まつ)(もと)……あたしを()て……あたしの(かお)をよおく()て……あたしの()()て……あたしの(くち)()て……()(おぼ)えないかい?……あんた(ころ)した(だれ)かに……()てないかい!
      Matsumoto…… Atashi o mite…… Atashi no kao o yōku mite…… Atashi no me o mite…… Atashi no kuchi o mite…… Mioboe nai kai? …… Anta ga koroshita dare ka ni…… nite nai kai!
      Matsumoto…… Look at me…… Look closely at my face…… My eyes…… My mouth…… Don’t I look familiar?…… Like someone…… you murdered!

Usage notesEdit

  • This is an example of a word that can be spelled with katakana to convey an informal conversational tone, as アンタ.
  • Compared to the standard form あなた (anata), the contracted form あんた (anta) may be used to express either contempt or affection, depending on tone and context.
  • This term may also be used as the local equivalent of polite あなた (anata) in many Western Japanese dialects. In those cases, it does not have an informal tone at all.

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN