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Thread #61154   Message #981882
Posted By: Homeless
12-Jul-03 - 12:54 PM
Thread Name: BS: Japanese word?
Subject: RE: BS: Japanese word?
Since the question of Japanese words has come up, I have a question.
I received a close out catalog in the mail a couple days ago, and in it there are grab bags of stuff. They call them "Fukubukuro," claiming that "fuku" means happy and "bukuro" means bag, thus Happy Bags. However, when I first saw it I read it as "F**k you, buckaroo." (which I think is usually pretty apt for grab bags.)
Masato, can you verify the meanings of fuku, bukuro, and fukubukuro? I'd like to know if this is real, or if someone writing the catalog got taken in by a bad joke.