I'm not even English.... ...but this just struck me as funny somehow.. The Japanese language has a number of different ways to write certain words. One possible
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I'm not even English...

...but this just struck me as funny somehow.

The Japanese language has
a number of different ways
to write certain words.
One possible way of writing
America" is:
This is a character that usually
means "rice".
When writing "England" in a
similar way, we get this:
This character roughly means
heroic".
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User avatar #4 - PgFalcon (04/09/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Considering how important rice is to the japanese I'm flattered.
#1 - futeko (04/08/2014) [+] (10 replies)
Those are actually abbreviations - they just happen to mean something else by themselves:   
   
USA = Amerika = 亜米利加 = 米 (which is also the Kanji for Rice, bei)   
UK = Igirisu = 英吉利 = 英 (which is also the Kanji for Hero, ei)   
   
The reason Japanese uses the "me" kanji (米) of Amerika rather than the `a' one (亜) may be because Japanese uses 亜 as an abbreviation of Asia, from its kanji writing 亜細亜 (Ajia).    
   
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Those are actually abbreviations - they just happen to mean something else by themselves:

USA = Amerika = 亜米利加 = 米 (which is also the Kanji for Rice, bei)
UK = Igirisu = 英吉利 = 英 (which is also the Kanji for Hero, ei)

The reason Japanese uses the "me" kanji (米) of Amerika rather than the `a' one (亜) may be because Japanese uses 亜 as an abbreviation of Asia, from its kanji writing 亜細亜 (Ajia).

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User avatar #12 - snakefire (04/09/2014) [+] (3 replies)
We nuked them so hard they think we're rice.
#20 - Ruspanic (04/09/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Don't know Japanese, but in Mandarin Chinese America is 美国 meiguo, meaning "beautiful country".

mfw
#13 - kulamia (04/09/2014) [-]
Your name is Heroic? Good for you guys.

Our abbreviation is so god damned important it's shared with the name of their staple crop since a Japan existed.
#46 - bocatadesesos (04/09/2014) [+] (1 reply)
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#42 - xgreenmaidenx (04/09/2014) [+] (5 replies)
This one is chinese, but i wanted to show you all anyway.
It's the literal translations of the chinese names of the european countries.
User avatar #22 - yunoknow (04/09/2014) [-]
we just use the sound, don't flatter yourself.
#24 - chrispoot (04/09/2014) [-]
I like it
I like it
User avatar #14 - evebishop (04/09/2014) [+] (1 reply)
The character for "Rice" is very important, it is said that seven gods live in a grain of rice (because of the characters used to write the word) and for a long time rice was their most valuable crop...it meant almost everything to Japanese people
User avatar #10 - tisjunkisdamnfunny (04/09/2014) [+] (6 replies)
americans are more heroic than brits just saying america
#2 - absolutiondreams ONLINE (04/08/2014) [-]
I can't tell if it's ironic that the character for America looks like the Union Jack   
<-Union Jack for reference
I can't tell if it's ironic that the character for America looks like the Union Jack
<-Union Jack for reference
#54 - billymandy (04/09/2014) [-]
Um...I'm not sure if Japan uses “米” for America.
I know China does, and it is a mock/joke version.
I do know however, that America is "美" which means Beautiful
#33 - devout feminist (04/09/2014) [-]
ain't it right, beyotch
#53 - azaafc (04/09/2014) [-]
ilovemycountry <3
#49 - brobafett (04/09/2014) [-]
LOL stay mad nippon.
#43 - grandmabetty ONLINE (04/09/2014) [-]
#40 - devout feminist (04/09/2014) [-]
User avatar #3 - Gralla (04/09/2014) [+] (1 reply)
But the symbol for America/Rice is way cooler looking, so I'm okay with it.
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