Re: Japanese word for noisy

On Sun, 25 Mar 2007 16:14:30 -1000, Bart Mathias wrote:

Phil Yff wrote:
On 22 Mar 2007 20:28:30 -0700, Ben Monroe wrote:

Eris wrote:

One of the women at work just got back from Japan and is giggling with
the other women over the Japanese word for noisy. What is the Japanese
word for noisy?

There are several words to choose from, each with slightly difference
The most common include urusai and yakamasii.

In this case, though, I would suggest the phrase "onna sannin yoreba
kasimasii" (女三人寄れば姦しい). Literally, three women together is noisy. It
seems to fit the situation that you describe.

Souzoushii would be another word for noisy.

An interesting one, too. Can you tell, without peeking in a dictionary,
whether it is Chinese or Japanese in origin? (Can one tell for sure even
by peeking?)

My guess would be that it's of Chinese origin since it uses the On reading
for the first two characters. However, it's just a guess. Judging from
its adjectival form, if its origin was Chinese, it was 'Japanized' at some

I'd be interested to learn what you know of its origin.

Phil Yff