Zuiko - Name Meaning / History

Started Jan 13, 2004 | Discussions thread
OP Higuma Veteran Member • Posts: 4,418
ONE more time....

With respect.....

OK folks - One more time - I live in Japan and my wife is Japanese... she is not a housewife - she is a learned University graduate who has been an executive secretary for the CEO and Chairman of a large Japanese Company for almost 20 years - she is NO slouch ( & beautiful btw )

According to her - - - - There is NO literal translation from the word Zuiko to a Japanese word... There is no word pronounced Zuiko in the Japanese language - KO means "light" and the closest word would be an old Shinto (religious language is old and relatively unused) word spelled " 瑞光 " this can be pronounced... "zwee-ko" - this word means " the light of / from a happy ococcasion and has SFA to do with God or Gods... To you these pronunciations would appear the same but - trust me - subtle differences in pronunciation in Japanese make HUGE differences in meaning....

I think that this is a case of someone taking a word and twisting the translation of a Japanese word into a definition in another language to make it sound Cool.. sorry but the word comes from the names of factories - not cool or romantic like "light of Gods"....

The quote that I posted originally was a direct cut and paste from Olympus's website - NOT a translation... Don't know what is so hard to understand about that..

Sorry - but unless you can direct me to anything else Official from Olympus regarding the name then you are just supporting another urban legand...

I have heard other stories about the "real" meaning of company names etc.. Like did you hear that Ford really means "Found On Road Dead" LOL... ;> ) Sorry... couldn't help myself... Bad humor I know... but case in point - Anybody can make up a plausible explanation and if it's repeated enough then it becomes easier to believe...

If there are any more Japanese scholars out there who want to chime in with a kanji (pictograph character) of this word go ahead... I would love to prove my wife wrong regarding Japanese - just once....

Cheers...

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