Why is “otaku” the same word as “you”? Second attempt

“In the middle eighties, there was a Japanese science-fiction author called Moto Arai. One of her stylistic tics was to address the reader very formally with the second person pronoun, otaku, a much more distant form than the French vous, for instance. Her fans liked this book so much that they adopted this peculiar usage, referring to each other as ‘otaku'”

 Yuka Minakawa, author of Gundam Officials, on the origin of the term “otaku” for geeks. Wrong about Japan by Peter Carey, pg 105


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