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Jun 3, 2020
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Japanese

This week’s words
bokeh
sensei
sayonara
origami
seppuku

sayonara
Marlon Brando & Miiko Taka in Sayonara (1957)
Poster: MGM / Wikimedia

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sayonara

PRONUNCIATION:
(sy-uh-NAHR-uh)

MEANING:
interjection: Goodbye.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Japanese sayonara (goodbye), short for sayo naraba (if it is to be that way), from sayo (thus), from Chinese + naraba (if it be). Earliest documented use: 1863.

USAGE:
“So while New Zealand have already said sayonara to the Webb Ellis Cup, perhaps there are advantages to having to hang around for Friday’s hated third-place playoff.”
A Shock Defeat, a Deserved Victory; Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Oct 28, 2019.

See more usage examples of sayonara in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is nothing more dangerous than a government of the many controlled by the few. -Lawrence Lessig, professor and political activist (b. 3 Jun 1961)

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