The introduction of the term ‘moteki’.


The term moteki/モテキ (see note 1)  is a Japanese slang term for a period of time, usually a one-and-only period of time, where one becomes popular with the opposite sex. Although it’s written in katakana (see note 2) the signifier is a composition, contraction, of two Japanese words. To be able to fully understand this signifier we’ll look at the words of which it is composed.

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Introduction of the term  

The signifier Zentai (ゼンタイ) is a portmanteau word, which is a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms.

Zentai derives from the term: “zenshin taitsu”, 全身タイツ. Let’s take a closer look at that last signifier and the kanji’s and katakana’s of which it is composed.

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