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The world must know. Again. [Aug. 28th, 2012|06:45 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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Dear fellow writers: SAKI IS NOT A BEVERAGE. SAKE IS A BEVERAGE. SAKI WAS A WRITER. THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL. GET IT RIGHT. Ahem. Thank you for your time.

Cc: copy editors.
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[User Picture]From: thanate
2012-08-29 12:32 am (UTC)
Oh dear. Does this happen often?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-29 12:33 am (UTC)
Often enough to be noticeable, and I have a professional example in my possession yet again.
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[User Picture]From: swan_tower
2012-08-29 12:54 am (UTC)
Not just writers -- but alas, I've kind of despaired of people getting it right in conversation.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-29 01:15 am (UTC)
I often ascribe that to American mushy pronunciation, but...sigh. Apparently not.
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2012-08-29 03:29 am (UTC)
(What do they say? Sake, like "Oh, for Christ's sake"?

Or sacky like Joe Sakic?)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-29 03:30 am (UTC)
I hug you long-distance for this analogy, Squasha.
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2012-08-29 03:36 am (UTC)
I knew you'd like it. Cooked it up special.
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[User Picture]From: swan_tower
2012-08-29 03:32 am (UTC)
Sah-kee. Like the writer.

I can list all the perfectly logical reasons why people make this mistake -- but that doesn't reduce my annoyance any.
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2012-08-29 03:33 am (UTC)
That's totally how I say it. Socky like hockey. ;)
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[User Picture]From: bbovenguy
2012-08-29 01:17 am (UTC)
"It may be rice wine to you, but it's still sake to me." *sploosh*

Yes, I'm old, but that's what popped into my head.
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2012-08-29 04:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, but who else here is olde enuff to get the reference?

Veeeeery Eeenteresting.
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[User Picture]From: bbovenguy
2012-08-29 04:56 am (UTC)
I'm glad someone else got it!
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[User Picture]From: moiread
2012-08-29 01:55 am (UTC)
Maybe they're vampires! Maybe that really is a cup of hot steaming person! </nothelping>
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-29 01:58 am (UTC)
Alas no. The vampires come in elsewhere.

Also there is a teenager in a grunge band T-shirt. And I went, "Really? He is all retro and stuff?" Apparently no.
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[User Picture]From: moiread
2012-08-29 02:14 am (UTC)
A vampire story with grunge teenagers drinking "saki". Oh dear. Is this a Poppy Z Brite book or something? Do they also drink absinthe and all have piercing green eyes and twee names?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-29 02:16 am (UTC)
Actually it's good enough that I'm not sending it to the discard basket unread, so I'll be writing a real review probably tomorrow or Thursday. There are just these...blips....
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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2012-08-29 03:28 am (UTC)
I just want to tell you that my computer is chirping in time with your pointing icon -- or maybe it's a cricket. Something is doing it ...

I would love some sake. Kampai!
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2012-08-29 04:06 am (UTC)
Hey, at least it isn't the Pieta painting by Michaelangelo...
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[User Picture]From: dichroic
2012-08-29 07:27 am (UTC)
Yuck. I usually give a pass for words that are transliterated 9e.g. matza/matzah/matzo/matzoh), but sake is pretty standardized in English!

Note: last time I was in Japan I had at least four or five different types of sake, including one that was sweet and sparkling - I asked if it was mixed with soda like a wine cooler, but apparently not, though it sort of tasted like one. There was also a manager in Saijo who dragged me over tot he sake breweries for a small tasting on our lunch hour. That was fun :-)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-29 11:22 am (UTC)
Well, and the reason sake is standardized in English is that there are five Japanese vowels, and the difference between ke and ki is clear.
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[User Picture]From: dandelion_diva
2012-08-29 07:36 am (UTC)
That is a very good point.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2012-08-29 07:40 am (UTC)
Somewhere Hector Hugh Munro is laughing. Probably in bed with Yukio Mishima.
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[User Picture]From: oursin
2012-08-29 09:40 am (UTC)
Send in the polecats!
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[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2012-08-29 03:33 pm (UTC)
I want you to make more posts like this JUST SO YOU'LL USE THIS ICON.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2012-08-29 03:36 pm (UTC)
We were singing the "no more monkeys jumping on the bed!" song.
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