a greeting of people living in Kansai



People living in Kansai add "san" both to words to appreciate a person for the pains he has taken like "Otsukare-san," and to words when greeting like "Ohayo-san." That reminds me that people in Kyoto add "o" and "san" to foods like "o-age-san" and "o-imo-san," and also to family members and even to their domestic dogs like "He is retiring." Is it because of the sympathy between those who live earnestly or the surprisingly strong individual consciousness?


"December 5  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"