Harassment (hara, harasumento )

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covers a wide range of behaviours of an offensive nature. It is commonly understood as behaviour intended to disturb or upset, and it is characteristically repetitive. In the legal sense, it is intentional behaviour which is found threatening or disturbing. Sexual harassment refers to persistent and unwanted sexual advances, typically in the workplace, where the consequences of refusing are potentially very disadvantageous to the victim.

The word is based in English since circa 1618 as loan word from the French harassement, which was in turn already attested in 1572 meaning torment, annoyance, bother, trouble and later as of 1609 was also referred to the condition of being exhausted, overtired. Of the French verb harasser itself there are the first records in a Latin to French translation of 1527 of Thucydides’ History of the war that was between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians both in the countries of the Greeks and the Romans and the neighbouring places where the translator writes harasser allegedly meaning harceler (to exhaust the enemy by repeated raids); and in the military chant Chanson du franc archer of 1562, where the term is referred to a gaunt jument (de poil fauveau, tant maigre et harassée: of fawn horsehair, so meagre and …) where it is supposed that the verb is used meaning overtired.
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harasumento ハラスメント hara, harassment

Blame it on the hara:
harassment vocabulary makes us all victims

Japan has a new hara. No, the nice couple down the hall didn’t just have a baby; according to recent news, yet another form of harassment — abbreviated as “hara” in Japanese — is supposedly becoming a social problem.
This time it’s sō-hara, or “social media harassment.”
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Aka-hara — “academic harassment,” also known as “campus harassment”
Pawa-hara: “Power harassment”
Teku-hara: “Technological (or technical) harassment”
Mora-hara: “Moral harassment”
Aru-hara: "Alcohol harassment"
Bura-hara: Discrimination based on blood type.
Rabu-hara: “love harassment”
Eiji-hara: “Age Harassment”
Mariji-harasumento: “marriage harassment”
Sumeru-harasumento “smell harassment”

Eā-harasumento: “Air harassment”
- Eaa, Kūki, the Japanese word for air, is often used to refer to the atmosphere or “vibe” of a social situation.

Harō-hara: Seeing a foreigner and saying “harō.”
Ere-hara: "electoral harassment"
Ekusupa-hara: "Expats harassment"
sāka-hara : "sarcasm harassment"

On this note,
I will close by offering up one other new type of harassment for your consideration: hara-hara — the invention of new forms of harassment so you can get other people to deal with your problems rather than confronting them yourself.

Colin P.A. Jones
source : www.japantimes.co.jp, January 2013

Things found on the way


so much to ponder
on an ice-cold morning -
woka hara

Gabi Greve

vocabulary harassment

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