query: Where are you going?

Mike Morgan mwmbombay at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 20 06:43:35 UTC 2011

Tasaku Tsunoda writes:
>    I heard that in Osaka area of Japan, a common greeting is (or was?):
> Mookarimakka?
> 'Are you making any profit/money?'
> Presumably this greeting is (or was?) used among merchants.

As a long time Osakan, that is indeed what people learning the local
dialect are taught/told. Cannot say that I ever actually heard it in
natural (non-joking) speech though...

And, in Osaka, EVERYONE is interested in money -- whether as a
merchant or making a deal, getting a little extra as a consumer (or
anyway, that is the stereotype) ;-)

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