1 Reply ・ Started by Checkers at 2021-01-09 04:25:39 UTC ・ Last reply by Leebo at 2021-01-09 04:58:21 UTC
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永遠 pronounced differently than えいえん in music

Sometimes in music lyrics, I see 永遠 but it isn't said as えいえん. Can someone please help me with this? Are there other ways to say 永遠? I know 永 is なが and 遠 is とお.い, but because of the Japanese language, they change from onyomi to kunyomi.

Leebo at 2021-01-09 04:58:21 UTC

Strictly speaking, the only dictionary-defined reading of 永遠 is えいえん, but you might be noticing that in fiction and poetic writing, people will sometimes get creative with which words they assign to which kanji.

It's possible you might see the kanji written as 永遠 but pronounced as some other word with a similar meaning, like とわ or とこしえ, or even the English フォーエヴァー or something. The written kanji form allows them to solidify the meaning, but then the spoken word allows for a creative nuance to it, that may or may not be found in dictionaries.

Maybe you had some other example in mind though, so please share if that's the case.

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