Y. Choe (cmaster@ucla.edu)
Thu, 07 Oct 1999 22:56:32 -0800


I could be wrong on this, since my memory is a bit fuzzy...

Kun suffix is used for younger males. That's all I remember. I don't think there is any rule in first name vs. last name, but last name-kun I'd suspect is more formal and/or correct grammar.

Y. "Brain is still deep fried." Choe

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On the other hand, there's a custom in the American South of using the
honorific with the first name for minors and unmarried women, thus: Master
Dick, Miss Vicky. This parallels the Japanese use of the -chan suffix,
which is usually attached to the personal rather than the family name.
(I'm a bit hazy on the -kun suffix, which I've seen used both ways -- if
you can explain it, please do!)

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