Today I found out about a mistake in a fan translation of a manga I read. It was due to the fact that the mistranslated word is difficult to find in dictionaries, at least I failed, because it is an euphemism. So, my question is, do you know some good online dictionaries similar to Urban Dictionary, but for Japanese?
The word in question (it is a little embarrassing, even though it is just an innocent shoujo manga)
お色気女優 - it was mistranslated as “sex-appealing” actress instead of “adult video” or even “porn” actress (“porn” actress is an official translation by Japanese person, which sounds just right in the context).
I’m not sure, but I assume that this euphemism should be obvious for Japanese, because if you try to google it with quote marks, the pictures say for themselves
You sure it’s not a euphemism of a euphemism?
As a matter of fact, it is Skip Beat chapter 258, but because I don’t posses the book in Japanese yet, I cannot give exact references or photos of the panel, and all the information I know come from fan discussions.
There’s a slang dictionary that gets referenced on a game show I watch all the time. They use it for questions regularly. I’ll see if I can find the name.
Not sure it would have an entry for this though.
Maybe Weblio? The second definition for 色気 is “related to porn.”
Honestly I haven’t looked at this at all but it’s been recommended as the closest thing to a japanese urban dictionary
For internet slang and otaku culture related words, the pixiv dictionary is also useful. Not really for this particular case, but might be good to keep in mind.
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