Japan Word of the Day #53 – Consent (Electrical Outlet)

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Today’s Word is: Consent (コンセント)

Consent” means to agree on permission for something to happen in English. In Japanese language, consent, or “konsento (コンセント),” refers to an electrical outlet.
There’s a false assumption among many Japanese people that this word came from English term “consent,” but it is actually an abbreviated form of “concentric plug.” In late Taisho period (1920’s), concentric plug meant a set of both the electric plug and the outlet, but because Japanese engineers called them separately (plug was called “plug,” and the outlet was called a “concent”), the term stuck with the electrical outlet.

Image source: Uematsu Blog

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