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Gakincho ガキンチョ

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ガキンチョ means "child" but with not such a good meaning. I am trying to get the correct nuance in English. Is it the equivalent of "brat"?
Apparently ガキンチョ derives from 餓鬼(gaki). What does the "ncho" mean?
Any help would be appreciated.
 
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Thank you for the explanation, especially the meaning of "ncho". I guess a literal translation could be "little devil".
 
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Hmmm. As close as it is, the problem I have with "little devil" is that it is just shy of a literal translation. When re-translated back you would tend to get "小悪魔" which is indeed a word-for-word translation of little devil, and it carries a significantly different nuance to gakincho.

Literally speaking, 餓鬼んちょ would have to be something like starving devils/monsters (taken from the Buddhist origin). "Urchin" comes close, but its a bit dated, and maybe implies something about class and socioeconomic upbringing that is lacking in the word gakincho. I like the word brat better.
 

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ガキンチョ (Gakincho) comes from 餓鬼ん子 (Gakinko). 子 stands for a child or a tiny thing, but it has no specific meaning. ガキンチョ is one of the Japanese slang which is often used when we look down or revile a cheeky kid.

For reference, there is one more expression "クソガキ (Kusogaki)" stronger than ガキンチョ. The meaning of "クソ (Kuso)" is sh*t. That is, F*ckin' kid.
 
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Thank you. Just how strong a word is "kuso"? In English "****" is a lot stronger than "****". I thought that "kuso" was rough but not really offensive.
 

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Kuso (クソ or 糞) is one of the dirtiest words in Japanese just like s**t or f**k in English. ガキンチョ is a little bit soft expression but Kusogaki (クソガキ・糞餓鬼) is the strongest abusive phrase being full of hate.
 
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