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Jan 18, 2009 7:36 AM

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Some time ago I was wondering what Wilhelmina's favourite word seemed to be. This is what I found: It's a verb that means "to exist" (to exist somewhere for example) and it can only be used for unanimated objects (there is another verb for the living).

Has anybody found a different definition?
 
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Jan 20, 2009 6:51 AM

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there probably isn't a really accurate translation for it in english.
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Jan 25, 2009 4:35 PM

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The phrase she uses, ~de arimasu (〜であります)is the more formal version of ~desu (~です), a verb meaning "to be". ~です is more common use nowadays, where as the former is hardly ever used in today's world, except maybe in some extremely formal circumstances.

But yeah, it really brings out Wilhelmina's character: her personality and her background.

(From AnimeSuki Forums:)
A small detail about de arimasu that bears mention is that it isn't just some unique quirk of Wilhelmina shared by nobody else in the world. De arimasu is a linguistic mark of the aristocracy in an ancient era of Japan's history. By speaking this way, Wilhelmina sounds very old fashioned.
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Jan 29, 2009 3:34 AM

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true, but sthil...
the negative of Desu(です) and Arimasu (あります) is both Arimasen(ありません)
it's not that unusually archaic... but like you mentioned, it's unusually formal.
it can be quite hard to understand when you have an english background
a language without any formality.
 
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Jan 31, 2009 9:24 AM

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sonikku10 said:
The phrase she uses, ~de arimasu (〜であります)is the more formal version of ~desu (~です), a verb meaning "to be". ~です is more common use nowadays, where as the former is hardly ever used in today's world, except maybe in some extremely formal circumstances.

But yeah, it really brings out Wilhelmina's character: her personality and her background.

(From AnimeSuki Forums:)
A small detail about de arimasu that bears mention is that it isn't just some unique quirk of Wilhelmina shared by nobody else in the world. De arimasu is a linguistic mark of the aristocracy in an ancient era of Japan's history. By speaking this way, Wilhelmina sounds very old fashioned.


I didn't know the first part. Goes to show you how really well Wilhelmina's character was made :)
 
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Mar 8, 2009 10:17 PM

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Hm... she seems formal if anything, old-fashioned? I suppose a bit... (considering she's god knows how old) but most definitely formal.
 
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Apr 19, 2009 10:18 PM

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..^ oh..
..^ so that's wilhelmina carmel's favorite word huh?
..^ hehe..

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May 12, 2009 6:00 AM

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I think the below link will be helpful for those who want to use the term correctly ~ de arimasune ^_^

http://www.movietome.com/users/cfamgcn/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25521645
 
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Nov 25, 2009 11:52 PM

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Asuka-Eva-02 said:
I think the below link will be helpful for those who want to use the term correctly ~ de arimasune ^_^

http://www.movietome.com/users/cfamgcn/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25521645


Wow... can't believe you actually linked to my blog in GameSpot... I guess I'm famous now :D ~de arimashou n_nU

http://www.gamespot.com/users/cfamgcn/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25521645

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