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Post by PiEdude on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:06 pm

This is a Japanese term that is used to refer to foreigners.

It's root meaning is literally "outside person", but it is usually used to mean "degenerate" or "barbarian".

Wikipedia seems to be more biased towards Japan, because I've seen almost no mention of this on their page, and of the little mention there is, most of it is quickly retracted or "clarified" to ensure that we know that it really isn't that common.

So what do you think about this?
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Post by Angatar on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:21 pm

You're standing up for Japan?

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Post by PiEdude on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:22 pm

What? Hell no!
This isn't me defending them, this is me pissed off at Wikipedia for being biased.
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Post by BBJynne on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:26 pm

think about it this way pieman


the person who wrote that article had to know something about japan, and was probably japanese

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Post by Angatar on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:32 pm

PiEman wrote:What? Hell no!
This isn't me defending them, this is me pissed off at Wikipedia for being biased.
You want them to add its orgin, which is Japanese, and are mad at the user for not putting that in.
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Post by PiEdude on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:40 pm

BBJynne wrote:think about it this way pieman


the person who wrote that article had to know something about japan, and was probably japanese

That's not how Wikipedia works.
The article was written, more was added on, and then there came a sudden flurry of adds and edits, and here it is today.
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Post by Gold Spartan on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:42 pm

Pie, quit bitching over one mistake at Wikipedia.
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Post by BBJynne on Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:57 pm

what are you doing using wiki for anyway?

the only thing it's good for is citing in research papers

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Post by CivBase on Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:29 pm

PiEman wrote:What? Hell no!
This isn't me defending them, this is me pissed off at Wikipedia for being biased.
Once again, you're standing up for Japan!?!?!

Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, we all know this. This is why schools typically don't let you use it for reports.

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Post by Angatar on Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:40 pm

I use wikipedia but then throw in some random crap from another site to make it look good.
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Post by CivBase on Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:03 pm

lol, me and my friend once changed the definition of ugly to your mom.

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Post by Gauz on Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:07 pm

Japan ftw..

Stupid Gaijin... the all of you!

EDIT: PiE, the same could be said about the word 'gay'. It once ment 'homosexual' or 'happy'. Now it means (although not literally) 'stupid' or 'dumb'.
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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:18 pm

Sigh... Am I the ONLY etymologist here?

Gaijin did not mean "foreigner" and was corrupted to "barbarian." It had the dual meaning (Because the two were one and the same to the Japanese) and now has the main meaning of 'foreigner', with a potential derogatory definition of 'barbarian'.

Gay meant happy. It didn't mean 'homosexual' until the 70's. Now it has the dual meaning of 'homosexual/stupid' with the (very) minor connotation of 'happy'.
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Post by JumpingJet on Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:42 am

Wiki is stupid anway, Anyone can go and change history!
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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:51 am

Wikipedia is correct, 99% of the time.
You have a few people going through and randomly changing stuff. And more people going through and changing it back.
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Post by thane321 on Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:08 pm

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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:24 pm

Weird Al's "White and Nerdy?"
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Post by Ukurse on Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:47 am

Rasq'uire'laskar wrote:Wikipedia is correct, 99% of the time.
You have a few people going through and randomly changing stuff. And more people going through and changing it back.
QFT

If you change something it will be changed back in a month.
There are people who are super proud of their Wikipedia pages and moderate it all the time (And get told if someone changed it, then just Ctrl C/V the original text back).
Plus there a lot of people with the common sense to change something back if the is one moronic n00b that decided to be a fag.
And there a quite a few Semi-protected articles that prevent idiots who have only been using the website for less than a week from ruining it for all of us.
I don't understand why Wikipedia has such a bad rep, it work quite well and it is as Rasq said 99% correct, and if something is wrong it would be promptly corrected.
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Post by Cheese on Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:29 am

Anybody hear about the Canadian civil war article that was up for a while? It was so long, well written and detailed, that nobody realised it was all made up for weeks Razz

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Post by Gauz on Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:23 pm

Yes, but what if during the time you are searching for information, someone changed it, and it is wrong?

Thats why people say it is unreliable..
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Post by JumpingJet on Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:03 am

thane321 wrote:skip to about 4:45
haha, i like it! lol

Wrongipidia
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