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EtymologyEdit

From Japanese さん (san)

SuffixEdit

-san

  1. Honorific ending used to indicate a person is Japanese or talking with Japanese, or treated like Japanese.
    TIME, August 1, 1983:
    Tanaka-San’s Decline and Rise
    Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2008 [1]
    Barack Obama-san
    WalletPop, January 31, 2009 [2]
    Obama-san! President's book of speeches is a huge hit in Japan

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IrishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • -sean (used after palatalized consonants and front vowels)

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-san

  1. emphatic suffix of the following persons; used after velarized consonants and back vowels
    1. third-person singular masculine
    2. third-person plural

Usage notesEdit

Spelled with a hyphen after -s, otherwise without a hyphen.

  • Added to nouns (or adjectives modifying a noun) in the presence of the possessive adjective to emphasize the possessor rather than the thing possessed:
    a mhadrasanhis dog
    a gcarr deargsantheir red car
  • Added to pronouns (both simple and prepositional) to add emphasis (not to create a reflexive pronoun):
    as-sanout of him
    siadsan, iadsanthey, them
  • Added to synthetic verb forms to add emphasis to the subject (third-person plural only as there are no third-person singular synthetic forms):
    chualadarsanthey heard

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JapaneseEdit

RomanizationEdit

-san

  1. Rōmaji transcription of さん

Scottish GaelicEdit

SuffixEdit

-san

  1. -self, -selves (emphatic)

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