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JapaneseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from English ice.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

アイス ‎(romaji aisu)

  1. ice
  2. sorbet, ice pop; ice cream
  3. (slang, archaic, c. mid-late Meiji period) loan shark, usurer

Usage notesEdit

In the sense of usurer, this word emerged as a play on words, as 高利貸し(kōrigashi, usurer, literally high-interest lender) and 氷菓子(kōrigashi, ice pop, literally frozen dessert) have the same readings. This led to usurers being referred to as アイスキャンディー(aisukyandī, ice pop, literally ice candy), shortened to just アイス (aisu).[1][2]

SynonymsEdit

  1. , (kōri); , (hi)
  2. 氷菓子 (kōrigashi); 氷菓 (hyōka)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9