A foreigner residing in Nagoya City is saying ‘ussssssssssss’ when he has no idea how to respond.
“I say ‘ussssssssssss’ pretty much on a daily basis,” says 5-years-a-gaijin Bill Winston.
Winston’s gaijin mind operates on the principle that the word ‘gozaimasu’ could feasibly be used at the end of a sentence in any imaginable circumstance that may arise in Japan.
“There’s bound to be some phrase that ends in gozaimasu that is suitable for any situation,” says Winston.
Winston started using ‘ussssssssssss’ after shortening ‘arigato gozaimasu’ to ‘arigato gozaisuuu’, which he then shortened to ‘arizaisuuu’, then to ‘zasuuuu’, and finally to ‘ussssssssssss’.
Winston is quietly impressed with the evolution of his gaijin brain.