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Today's rant! [Dec. 15th, 2008|12:32 pm]
Kake
Dear food bloggers, local newspaper restaurant critics, et al...

IT'S SPELLED “
SAKE
”! NOT “
SAKI
”! “
SAKE
”!


I do feel a bit better now...
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[User Picture]From: lnr
2008-12-15 12:49 pm (UTC)
*giggle* thank goodness that's behind a cut!

(although oddly when I view it in my (pretty default) style the red text comes out standard size rather than big. Weird)

Edited at 2008-12-15 12:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-12-15 01:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds like something's stopping the font-size from propagating into enclosed <div>s.
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[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2008-12-15 01:23 pm (UTC)
Font was supposed to be inline/span-level, not block-level. Some browsers ignore this or are inconsistent about this.
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2008-12-15 12:53 pm (UTC)
Saké if you're being really pedantic, I suppose. Saki = fine early-19C short story writer, a relation of my grandfather.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-12-15 01:03 pm (UTC)
Saki also = Japanese for happiness! So sake and saki are related in a way...
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[User Picture]From: pne
2008-12-15 02:09 pm (UTC)

saki also = Japanese for happiness

Do you know the Japanese spelling for that?

I can't find anything related to happiness when searching for さき in my electronic dictionary.

(I only found 先 "previous; point, tip, end; destination; objective", 崎 "small peninsula", and 左記 "undermentioned, following".)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-12-15 02:14 pm (UTC)

Re: saki also = Japanese for happiness

I got the factoid from a review of this restaurant — is there anything helpful on there?

Edit: oh, this page of their site may be useful.

Edited at 2008-12-15 02:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pne
2008-12-15 02:23 pm (UTC)

Re: saki also = Japanese for happiness

Yes, thank you -- the restaurant's website shows 幸 as part of its logo, which my dictionary glosses as "happiness; blessing; fortune".

(Though my dictionary notes "saki" as a reading of that character only in the "only in proper names" section, which probably explains why I didn't find it at first. The regular readings it gave are "kou; saiwai; sachi; shiawase".)
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2008-12-15 04:49 pm (UTC)
As it's a transliteration of a Japanese character into Latin characters, doesn't it depend how you transliterate it?

For example, the same Korean family name can be transliterated as Ryoo, Yoo, Ryo, Lyu or Lew, depending on its owner's preferences.

So a native English speaker might prefer Sake or Saké, but others might prefer a different version.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-12-15 05:17 pm (UTC)
"Sake" is the accepted English spelling, though. I've never seen anyone who knows what they're talking about (nor anyone Japanese) spell it as "saki".
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2008-12-15 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ooh look, a *dangerous* statement! (-:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/saki lists it as "a variant of sake"

Saki is also the name of several Japanese restaurants - usually they say it's because it means Happiness, but I can't believe they're not hoping for a little saki/sake confusion....

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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-12-15 08:54 pm (UTC)
Have you got a counterexample? I don't mean an online dictionary, I mean an actual person (and one who doesn't think sake comes in two kinds - cold and hot).

I'm not a prescriptivist when it comes to language, but to me this is in the same category as someone spelling "salmon" as "sammon".
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2008-12-16 10:43 am (UTC)
Nothing I can hang onto, I admit, but I'm still looking - even if it's only for the mischief value! I'm pretty sure I've seen it used on a menu...
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[User Picture]From: pseudomonas
2008-12-15 01:29 pm (UTC)

being really pedantic

Early 20th century :)

But yes, definitely a fine writer (or a writer of fine short stories)!
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[User Picture]From: hoshuteki
2008-12-15 01:59 pm (UTC)

Re: being really pedantic

I had in my head 'last century', but then forgot that last century = 20th.
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[User Picture]From: selki
2008-12-16 04:25 am (UTC)
He wrote some of my favorite short stories!
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2008-12-15 12:58 pm (UTC)
Actually I fink it's spelt .
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-12-15 01:05 pm (UTC)
I dread to think how the Southwark News would mangle that...
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[User Picture]From: alan1957
2008-12-15 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'm still finding it pretty amazing that they spelt it with a 'I'! It's not exactly that obscure nowadays, eh?!
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[User Picture]From: rjw1
2008-12-15 01:29 pm (UTC)
do you not like marquee?
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[User Picture]From: katstevens
2008-12-15 02:11 pm (UTC)
Also, each letter should be a different colour. And underlined.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-15 02:02 pm (UTC)
I once saw a T-shirt that read
HH MUNRO IS A WRY SWINE

which sort of compounds the felony.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2008-12-15 02:18 pm (UTC)
Groan!
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[User Picture]From: friend_of_tofu
2008-12-15 07:48 pm (UTC)
WANT!!!!
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[User Picture]From: selki
2008-12-16 04:29 am (UTC)
{scream}

I'm not sure if it's a happy scream or shock
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[User Picture]From: gaspodog
2008-12-15 05:42 pm (UTC)

From the OED:

saki

A South American monkey of the family Cebidæ, of either of the two genera Pithecia or Brachyurus; also with various defining names.
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[User Picture]From: claudacity
2008-12-16 06:04 pm (UTC)
ooh this made me laugh!
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