What Does Baka Say?
“What does Baka mean?” is a question many people ask when they are first learning Japanese. The answers to this question will vary depending on who you ask it to. There are some people who claim that the root word of baka means “bastard”, while others say it means something to the tune of “Fur Elise”. Well whichever way you ask the question, we’re pretty sure we’ve already heard all about it!
Now let’s take a closer look at what does baka mean. Baka is derived from the word “Bakau” which translates as “blockhead”. So if you were to translate this word into English, you get “a fool who blocks”. Now the root word of bakau can be taken to mean “surround blockage”, but the more commonly used interpretation is “a fool who practices bunga”.
In much the same vein as bunga, baka can also mean “a fool who dances”. Again depending on the translation, this word gets altered a bit and can mean something completely different. Another variation of the word is “a foolish fellow who goes about in ridiculous circles”. Bunga means “a foolish woman” while bakau means “a foolish fellow who goes around in circles”. These terms can be translated into English as “dancing foolishly” and “attending foolish events”.
So now we know what the word bakau actually means, we also have a handy word list for you to go by so you don’t make the mistake of looking up something and not knowing what it is called. The word hiragana, or literally “hail” is used to describe somebody that is considered a fool. A hiragana man or fool is depicted as wearing all types of weird outfits, usually to go along with some kind of ridiculous statement. The phrase “namaste” means “I bow to the guru” is often used to show respect to the guru.
Now you know what does baka mean! We’ve learned that it means foolishness, and we’ve heard about the term hiragana. What is the Japanese word for both of these things? They are both words for foolishness, but they also mean “beautiful being”. It really depends on which version of the Japanese language you are learning, although most versions of the Japanese language have baka written before hiragana.
If you do some reading about Japan, especially online, you will often come across articles written from the point-of-view of an American tourist who has only visited Japan for a brief period of time. These articles are written in a manner that makes them seem as if they are talking to a native Japanese speaker. This is commonly done because the author feels that the speaker of the japanese word bakugan should not be considered a real person. So what does baka mean exactly, when translated into English, is a stupid idiot?
When I was growing up, every kid in school was encouraged to say, “I’m not stupid, because I’m a big powerful katakana!” That’s what baka meant to us kids then. We were told that we were not stupid, because we had a big strong katakana. When we say idiot now, we are actually trying to imitate or at least copy an authentic word or phrase used in the Japanese culture. In other words, we are trying to project ourselves into a situation where we would be seen as an intelligent person, if we were not living in our present society.
So what does baka mean, if it’s not a word? It means two words; stupid and idiot. So instead of saying, I’m not stupid, because I’m a big strong idiot, I’m going to use the word properly. I’m going to say, I’m not stupid, because I’m a big stupid idiot! That is the correct way of speaking in Japanese.