Q: A password prompt in Japanese

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Feb 7 04:13:37 UTC 2008

I should mention that I wouldn't normally answer such a question without
strict assurances that the intention was legitimate, but the answer in
this case is so easily accessible on the Web and elsewhere, that it can
hardly be considered a puzzle. Simply mention the name "Oda" to any
Japanese person or anyone with a love of Japanese history and language,
and his first name will pop right out. BB

Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> Nobunaga.
> Benjamin Barrett
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> Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> If you were part-Japanese (but not fluent) and were using "oda" as a
>> prompt to remember a computer password (presumably both being
>> Romanji), what would the password be?
>> This is a serious question, although probably unanswerable, as the
>> person who chose the password is no longer accessible.  Online
>> Japanese-English dictionaries don't yield any self-evidently obvious
>> candidates.  Except perhaps "odaki"  ("greater waterfall [of two]"),
>> which might be a pun on "key".

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