Bye Bye Hard Gay. Hello Saber

From the latest update a few hours ago:

げき and せい mnemonics have been rewritten to use “Gecki the gecko” and “saber,” respectively.

https://community.wanikani.com/t/wanikani-weekly-updates/33117/19

Don’t think I have seen げき yet, though.

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No one is immortal. Cold, hard truth.

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Same, but then again, it’s extremely hard to offend me or make me legitimately mad. I kinda liked the Hard Gay mnemonics. Even if I didn’t understand them, they certainly stuck in my head!

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I’m pretty sure nobody ever understood it, though :joy: It just worked

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I never found it offensive as a gay person. I think getting rid of Hard Gay references is kind of jumping the gun in the name of political correctness. It was really useful for remembering せい kanji.

EDIT (over a year later, May 2020): My view on this has changed. To me now, stuff like Hard Gay pisses me off. Being gay isn’t a funny punchline and only reinforces society’s negative views on us (even if on a macro level it is tolerant). I think it was a useful mnemonic, but it’s better off gone.

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I love geckos!

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Saber is cool too

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Rin is better. I’m totally biased

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Oh hey, I just realized that your profile picture is Rin :laughing:

Is she better than geckos though?

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Yea, it definitely did help you remember! Now we’re probably getting Star Wars references, none of which I will ever understand because I’ve never been interested in the franchise and I don’t even really know the basic information about it…

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Hard to say :thinking: close match

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I never found the せい mnemonics to be useful. Though that’s probably at least partially because there’s a lot of good phonetic components with the reading せい and often I didn’t need any mnemonic.

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A saber doesn’t have to be a star wars reference. It can be just a regular old saber like this

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Unless they specifically always talk about star wars in the mnemonics, yeah.

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facepalm. I’m trying so hard not to laugh at myself for not realizing that… And I’m failing :rofl:

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My problem with it is that Hard Gay really sticks out in my head cause its such a weird concept, but saber just falls flat for me.

EDIT from me in the far future: This also proved to be untrue and just me being upset, since the saber mnemonics actually stuck in my head fairly well.

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I would have gone with saber tooth tiger.

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Still a Star Wars reference

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There was a really shitty platformer on N64 about a gecko called Gex: Enter the Gecko, and I still use it to remember 月光 because I have this 007-esque image of a gecko in a suit in front of the moonlight.

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Before WK I had no idea who Hard Gay was.
To be honest I was a bit bothered not because of Hard Gay himself but because we all know that countries like japan see gay people as comedy.
And people promoting this kind of behaviour is a bit…

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Not everyone of course but the media… I hope you get my point sigh

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