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Postby the_seventh_child » Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:15 pm

I know this may be silly but i was on the latin course and guess what?Rei on latin means thing..I'm not sure if it related somehow to Rei on Eva..But you never know..
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Postby DatDude » Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:41 pm

I don't think its related Anno has said he used the name Rei cuz it means " zero ".
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Postby Mr. Tines » Fri Jan 21, 2005 5:17 pm

the_seventh_child wrote:Rei on latin means thing.


Strictly that's "of a thing", or "to or for a thing", being the genitive and dative forms of res.

In Japanese, the sound is represented by different kanji that can either mean zero (listen to Ritsuko explaining the low likelihood of getting Eva-01 to work in ep#1) or spirit. (A homophone, like "bow" and "bough" in English).
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Postby Timesplitter 01 » Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:19 am

Rei also has a another meaning according to a baby name book I found online


Reiko : Japanese, meaning "gratitude". Variant Rei


Here is another interesting one

Lilith : From the East Smeitic, "belonging to the night". In Assyro-Babylonian mythology, a female demon who haunts the wilderness on stormy nights and is especially dangerous to Children
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Sat Jan 22, 2005 1:31 am

Anno has stated on more than one occasion that Rei's name means two things. First and foremost, Rei is a pun on the word zero, she pilots unit zero, needs no explanation. The second is that Anno was trying to attract (my memory is a bit fuzzy on this) the director of Sailor Moon. It may have been another staff member, but Anno wanted to attract him because Rei is also the name of said person's favorite character from Sailor Moon. In the end, it didn't work. A valiant effort nonetheless.
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Postby Hexon.Arq » Sat Jan 22, 2005 2:07 am

Attract? Attract him for what?

_you can't do anything, so don't even try
_get some help
_don't do what sonic does

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Postby Reichu » Sat Jan 22, 2005 3:01 am

Jeebus, Monkey, how could you forget about this; it's on your bloody server! ;)

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Sat Jan 22, 2005 2:13 pm

Whether its on my server or not I have a very limited memory beyond content that I manage. I hit the two major points, just didn't know the Sailor Moon staffer off the top of my head and at the time didn't feel like digging it up.
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Postby Reichu » Sat Jan 22, 2005 5:31 pm

The Eva Monkey wrote:Whether its on my server or not I have a very limited memory beyond content that I manage. I hit the two major points, just didn't know the Sailor Moon staffer off the top of my head and at the time didn't feel like digging it up.


Well, for the future, the "name origins" thing is right there. ^_^

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Postby AchtungAffen » Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:16 am

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Postby Defectron » Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:19 am

Anno has stated on more than one occasion that Rei's name means two things. First and foremost, Rei is a pun on the word zero, she pilots unit zero, needs no explanation. The second is that Anno was trying to attract (my memory is a bit fuzzy on this) the director of Sailor Moon. It may have been another staff member, but Anno wanted to attract him because Rei is also the name of said person's favorite character from Sailor Moon. In the end, it didn't work. A valiant effort nonetheless


Rei is also the Japanese word for soul, given the nature of Reis character I doubt this is coincidental either.
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Postby ice reaper » Tue Apr 12, 2005 11:05 am

i read that Rei meant 'soul' and possibly 'spirit' as well

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Postby AchtungAffen » Wed Apr 13, 2005 11:27 am

Rei is also the pronunciation for one of the 7 bushidou codes. I think it's "politeness".
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Postby Dave » Wed Apr 13, 2005 5:10 pm

Exactly how many meanings can a single word have? Good lord.
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Postby Reichu » Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:58 pm

Japanese is full of homophones which can only be distinguished by either kanji or context. I guess that's what happens when you borrow a giant character set from another language and then convert their readings into your somewhat more limited syllabery.

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Postby ice reaper » Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:59 am

ha ha you said something like homophobe!.......*tumble weed*......i'll leave now.

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Postby Reichu » Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:32 pm

ice reaper wrote:ha ha you said something like homophobe!.......*tumble weed*......i'll leave now.


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Postby Phaze » Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:30 pm

Fun while it lasted . . . :(
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Postby thewayneiac » Thu Apr 14, 2005 6:30 pm

Dave wrote:Exactly how many meanings can a single word have? Good lord.


From Mario Pei's The story of Language, revised edition, fifth printing, Chapter 9 "The History of Writing", pg 95: (part of a explanation as to why the Japanese have never adoped a fully phonetic, western-style alphabet.)

The Japanese, however, point to a word like the spoken-language kami, which means "good taste", "hair of the head", "paper", "lord", "governer", "seasoning", "god", or "above". They even claim that thei spoken-language word ka has 214 seperate meanings, each indicated by a seperate character.
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Postby ice reaper » Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:22 am

sorry...... bloody childish mind.

Dave wrote:
Exactly how many meanings can a single word have? Good lord.


From Mario Pei's The story of Language, revised edition, fifth printing, Chapter 9 "The History of Writing", pg 95: (part of a explanation as to why the Japanese have never adoped a fully phonetic, western-style alphabet.)

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The Japanese, however, point to a word like the spoken-language kami, which means "good taste", "hair of the head", "paper", "lord", "governer", "seasoning", "god", or "above". They even claim that thei spoken-language word ka has 214 seperate meanings, each indicated by a seperate character


what?

"The divine fall silent as the freil plea aloud"


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