"Sodane," "Kametome" among Nominees for Buzzword of the Year


Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--"Sodane," meaning "I agree" or "That's right," a word used by members of the Japanese women's curling team at the Pyeongchang Olympics, "Kametome," the abbreviation for low-budget popular film "Kamera wo Tomeruna (One Cut of the Dead)," and 28 other words and phrases have been nominated for the buzzword of the year in Japan.

The candidates were unveiled by the organizer of the annual U-Can new words and buzzwords awards on Wednesday. The best buzzword of 2018 and the top 10 list will be announced on Dec. 3.

Also making the cut were "(Osako) Hanpanaitte," praising the incredible performances of soccer player Yuya Osako at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, "Sho time," used for Los Angeles Angels pitcher-batter Shohei Ohtani for his impressive performances in games of the U.S. major league baseball team, and "Naomi-bushi," describing female tennis player Naomi Osaka's unique speaking style.

Candidates also include "Ossan's Love," a popular television drama series on romance between men, and "Dasakakkoii/ U.S.A.," a hit tune featuring dance from male music group Da Pump.

Also nominated were "Saigaikyu no Atsusa," or disaster-level summer heat, and "Shusho Anken," or prime minister issue, used over a cronyism scandal involving the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kake Educational Institution, a private school operator.

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