Time to learn some 90s Japanese slang!!!
I can hardly even remember why I wanted to blog about this phrase…
Ah yes, I do remember now. So I’m slowly working my way through Devil Survivor, a sweet strategy RPG for DS, and there is one character that says this phrase over and over again.
The rough translation of this phrase is, “very good.”
Now, to be honest, this is not “cool” Japanese slang. In fact, it’s a little lame and outdated. Using it will be sure to score you a few laughs the first time around, and maybe even the second time too… But if you live in Kansai you might just earn yourself a slap upside the head for using this phrase. Consider yourself warned.
Let’s learn the phrase, and the background!
This phrase is a combination of two words. The first is ばっちり. The second word is “good,” which becomes グッド (guddo) in Katakana.
ばっちり is a legit Japanese word that means something is “perfect” or just “great.”
Here are some other words that may help you out when talking about バッチグー with your Japanese friends.
死語 (shigo) a dead word.
合成語 (gouseigo) a compound word.
ふるっ！ (huru!!!) a way to strongly emphasize that something is OLD and 古い (hurui).
もういいから！ (mou ii kara!) “OK OK, would you please quit saying that already!?”
I read on some Japanese blog that the character from this old cartoon called BONOBONO says バッチグー a lot…
Watch it for yourself though.
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