4 Replies ・ Started by takegami at 2018-12-05 04:11:09 UTC ・ Last reply by takegami at 2018-12-06 01:17:10 UTC

What does "イデェ" mean?

I've seen it a couple times already, usually as an abbreviation of stuff like "idea", "ideology" and so on, but it doesn't seem to make sense in the situation I'm trying to translate.

Context/example: Person A calling Person B "cute" (可愛い). Person B replies with a "ばか!" and that's when Person A says something like "イデェ! Bさんイデェです!"

Been looking for answers for a while but I can't seem to find anything. Thanks in advance!

Leebo at 2018-12-05 04:24:25 UTC

Are you hearing the colloquial version of ひどい?

The end of い adjectives can be shifted to an え sound. For instance, すごい > すげぇ

takegami at 2018-12-05 06:06:43 UTC

It's possible. Both of the persons (or at least the one in Person A's role) in the conversation above tend to speak in a colloquial manner most of the time.

Could "イデェ" be the colloquial form of "ひどい", then? I did know about that い -> え rule you mention, but the possibility of イデェ and ひどい being the same never crossed my mind since they seem and sound a bit different from each other.

Leebo at 2018-12-05 06:40:55 UTC

Well, my assumption was you heard it spoken and wrote it like that based on what you thought you heard. Maybe I misinterpreted. Are you saying you saw it written as イディ?

takegami at 2018-12-06 01:17:10 UTC

Yeah. I saw イデェ written in that mini dialogue I mentioned in the first post. This is the full thing, in case that helps any:


I can fully understand what is being said, it's just the イデェ that I have no clue what it means.

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