[Ads-l] cosplay; meet-cute; my tiny violin

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 9 05:37:51 UTC 2019

Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay>) says that the terms コスプレ (kosupure) コスチュームプレイ (kosuchuumu purei) were coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi in 1984.

davemerrill (https://www.oldschoolotaku.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1063 <https://www.oldschoolotaku.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1063>) says that kospure is featured in the 2004 “Otaku Unite!” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku_Unite!), and I quickly found the word in the movie at 35:18 in (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CM8eal6rEI <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CM8eal6rEI>).

I haven’t attempted to antedate this on Usenet or anywhere else. Since the word is used in “Otaku Unite!”, it was surely in use before that on bulletin boards.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 8 Feb 2019, at 07:03, Galen Buttitta <satorarepotenetoperarotas3 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Cosplay: Costuming oneself as a character from some media entity.
> Meet Cute: Accidental/serendipitous introduction or meeting of two people leading to a romantic or emotional connection.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Feb 8, 2019, at 09:35, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> I
>> Colin Stokes, in New Yorker (Feb. 11, 2019), p. 27:
>> "When you look out the window, you see a lot of people doing excellent
>> 'Walking Dead' cosplay."
>> Huh?
>> II
>> E. Black, in Ibid., p. 35 [cartoon]: [Panel shows boy & girl grave robbers
>> with shovels; both think, "Our shovels touched..." Caption is] "Grave
>> Robber Meet-Cute."
>> Huh?
>> III
>> Decades ago, perhaps in the late '50s, people might react unsympathetically
>> to someone else's recital of misfortune by "playing" what today might be
>> called "air violin," raising the left arm as if holding a violin and
>> pretending to bow it with the right hand. (The stereotypical tear-jerking
>> tune was elsewhen said to be "Hearts and Flowers," by Theodore Moses-Tobani
>> [1893].)
>> Though it once seems to have been well known,  I haven't seen this gesture
>> in decades. Once or twice in very recent years, however, I've seen a
>> variation in which the thumb and forefinger of the left hand are held
>> slightly apart while those of the right hand pretend to bow with a tiny
>> bow. The following exchange occurred on CNN this morning:
>> JOHN BERMAN: Why can't we [Boston fans] ever get a win?
>> ERICA HILL: Awwwwwwww! Can you hear my tiny violin here? [Gestures.]
>> When did the violin get tiny?  (ISTR "the world's smallest playable violin"
>> from a source like Ripley's Believe It or Not!! at some point long ago. It
>> *was* tiny!)
>> JL

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