The Term for Steam Train In Japanese is Esu Eru, Or SL

Fun fact: as I’m interested in Japanese culture, steam powered rail, AND I’m a Second Life (SL) resident it amuses me to stumble onto this: the slang or colloquial term for “steam train in Japanese is “esu eru” which is a transliteration of the letters “SL” which probably stand for “steam locomotive” in English. Weird, but fun, right?

SL esu eru, short for steam locomotive – steam train

The hiragana (Japanese syllabary characters used for foreign words for this is:


That’s it, just a little germinatin’ going on.

via How the Japanese chop up English | Teflnet

Also, check out this fashion blog I ran across: STEAMPANKU! (Steampunk!)

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