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[I DON'T KNOW和製英語②] 「クラクション」って英語の人に通じないの?

Jun 8, 2018

Hello カフェトークの皆さん!
今日もまた和製英語について話したいと思います。本日のテーマは「クラクション」です。


Origin 語源

クラクション comes from the word “klaxon” in English. A klaxon is an old type of horn that used to be used in air-raid sirens, alarms, and automobiles more than half a century ago. However, most middle-aged and younger English speakers now have no idea what this word means.


Japanese Meaning 日本語の意味

クラクション in Japanese is used to talk about the horn of a car.

In Japan, the horn is often used to say thank you and alert other drivers on the road.


How should I say it in English? 英語で何と言ったらいいんですか?

Where I live, we call a クラクション a horn. It is often used with the verb honk.

In fact, this is one of the very few situations that we say the work honk in English.



Example Sentence 例文

(Situation: two friends are in a car.)


"He just cut you off! Are you not going to honk your horn!?"

「あいつ、横から割り込んできたけど、クラクションを鳴らしたりしないの?」

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