もどき(Modoki)

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May 4, 2010 23:25
“Modoki” is a very useful word in Japanese. In my Japanese dictionary, “modoki” is defined that it is used after a noun. The word ending with “modoki” represents a word that isn’t as qualified as the word that you just mentioned. For example, “kiiro modoki” means yellowish, but not exactly yellow. In the case, “yellow” isn’t a noun but an ajective, but I think you can use “modoki” as this. When you see a creature that looks like a lizard but you don’t know exactly what it is, You can call the creature “tokage(lizard) modoki”. When you find a bag that looks like Louis Vuitton on the street but it’s not exactly Louis Vuitton on the street, you can call the bagLouis Vuitton modoki”. In the case “ modoki” is used as the meaning of fake or imitation.
As different example,
“ Isha(doctor) modoki” , which refers to the person who know about health very well and maybe want to advice healthy tips to other people, but isn’t exactly a dctor.
“ アーティスト(artist)modoki”, which refers to the person who draws paintings but nobody recognizes him as an artist.
There are a whole bunch of “modoki”s in Japanese.
I found the word “modoki” in meteorology recently. El Ni-no is known as the phenomenon that happens in the south of the Pacific Ocean and affects the climate all over the pacific coast. The temperature of the surface of the ocean rises by a several degrees in the year of the El Ni-no. It sometimes doesn’t rise as high as it can be called the El Ni-no in a different year, but rises slightly higher than usual years. That is called “modoki”. It means the fake ofEl Ni-no”. In the year of “modoki”, we have a different climate from in an usual year ( I’m sorry that I’m not sure what happens in “modoki” years). I was interested to know that a Japanese word is used in such a field.
I read about it in the National Geography (『何ヶ月か前の号』はなんといいますか?). But the word doesn’t show up on the Wikipedia, so I’m not sure what I mentioned in this entry is exactly correct. If you want to know further information about it, please check it up on your own. Thank you.