Alternate Origin of Rei´s Name.

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Alternate Origin of Rei´s Name.

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Postby InstrumentalityOne » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:30 am

Rei means "Thing" in latin.

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Postby EvangelionFan » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:31 am

Now we just need to replace every instance of 'Rei' in the series with 'Thing' and let the hilarity commence.
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Postby The Eva Monkey » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:50 am

View Original PostInstrumentalityOne wrote:Rei means "Thing" in latin.

It's an interesting coincidence, but I think if that were the case, it would have been mentioned at some point.

Rei's name being a pun on zero, and being the same as Rei Hino from Sailor Moon, because supposedly Anno wanted to attract the attention of Kunihiko Ikuhara.
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Postby Hyper Shinchan » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:13 am

"Res" is the nominative of "thing" in Latin (and usually you use nominative for Latin nouns) "Rei" is the genitive and dative declension.
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Postby InstrumentalityOne » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:37 am

View Original PostHyper Shinchan wrote:"Res" is the nominative of "thing" in Latin (and usually you use nominative for Latin nouns) "Rei" is the genitive and dative declension.

Res
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Rem

Whatever, it still means thing.

Fuck you, latin class.

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:42 am

View Original PostHyper Shinchan wrote:"Res" is the nominative of "thing" in Latin (and usually you use nominative for Latin nouns) "Rei" is the genitive and dative declension.

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Postby UrsusArctos » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:10 pm

"Rei" is "King" in Portuguese, and Re is another pronunciation for Ra, the old Egyptian sun god. She's a thing, she's a king and she's a god. And she's a musical note in both the Indian and European Octaves!

Of course, if you want to be serious, the other meanings of "Rei" in Japanese are "command" (Shirei=Person in command=Commander, Gendo's title) and "ghost/spirit" (Yurei=ghost), which segues nicely with "nothingness" or "zero". And if I'm not mistaken, "Rei" would be how you translate "Shunya" or the Shunyavada Buddhist concept of the "Void", which is no simple philosophical concept. The "way of the void" encompasses just about everything in existence.

So...anyone else's head exploding now?
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Postby InstrumentalityOne » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:39 pm

No... yes.

What?

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:45 pm

View Original PostUrsusArctos wrote:So...anyone else's head exploding now?

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Postby The Imperialist » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:54 pm

Rei could also mean politeness.
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Postby InstrumentalityOne » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:46 pm

Rei or Lei means lightning in Mandarin too.

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Postby Natsuka_Chie » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:15 pm

Lei is also "law" in portuguese.
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Postby Bomby von Bombsville » Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:27 pm

View Original PostInstrumentalityOne wrote:Rei or Lei means lightning in Mandarin too.

Ehh... the only way I know how to say "lightning" in Mandarin is "shan3 dian4" (闪电), though Mandarin is a second language to me so "Rei" or "lei" could be a different way to say it that I'm unaware of. Also, there's actually an r/l difference in Mandarin.

Correction: "lei2 shang1" (雷声) is thunder.
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Postby Sachi » Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:14 pm

Rei being a 'thing' could relate to the fact that she's an artificial human (sorta), or that she's a 'thing' or 'tool' for Gendo to use.
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Postby InstrumentalityOne » Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:32 pm

View Original PostBomby von Bombsville wrote:Ehh... the only way I know how to say "lightning" in Mandarin is "shan3 dian4" (闪电), though Mandarin is a second language to me so "Rei" or "lei" could be a different way to say it that I'm unaware of. Also, there's actually an r/l difference in Mandarin.

Correction: "lei2 shang1" (雷声) is thunder.


I´ve always thought that 打雷 meant thunder(ing), if you want to be super accurate.

But lei2 does essentially mean thunder, afaik.

Translating chinese into english is super awkward.

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Postby child of Lilith » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:07 pm

View Original PostUrsusArctos wrote:"Rei" is "King" in Portuguese, and Re is another pronunciation for Ra, the old Egyptian sun god. She's a thing, she's a king and she's a god. And she's a musical note in both the Indian and European Octaves!

Of course, if you want to be serious, the other meanings of "Rei" in Japanese are "command" (Shirei=Person in command=Commander, Gendo's title) and "ghost/spirit" (Yurei=ghost), which segues nicely with "nothingness" or "zero". And if I'm not mistaken, "Rei" would be how you translate "Shunya" or the Shunyavada Buddhist concept of the "Void", which is no simple philosophical concept. The "way of the void" encompasses just about everything in existence.

So...anyone else's head exploding now?


So Rei is even more awesome then I previously thought? Excellent.
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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:34 am

Considering what an abstract, near-blank slate, symbolic figure Rei is, I'm almost convinced that no matter what definition you found in what language in what country in what time it would have a high probability of describing Rei in some way.
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Postby Hyper Shinchan » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:14 am

View Original PostInstrumentalityOne wrote:Res
Rei
Rei
Rem

Whatever, it still means thing.

Fuck you, latin class.

It could mean "of a thing" and "to a thing" not simply "thing"; it's like saying that "I" (nominative, subject of the action) is the same as "me" (accusative, object of the action).
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Eva Yojimbo wrote:Considering what an abstract, near-blank slate, symbolic figure Rei is, I'm almost convinced that no matter what definition you found in what language in what country in what time it would have a high probability of describing Rei in some way.

Yeah, it's a simple name and there are good chance that the word exists in many other language, if it counts to swap the "r" with the "l", "Lei" is "She" in Italian for example.
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Postby BC Baron » Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:27 am

View Original PostHyper Shinchan wrote:Latin is a nice language and logical language, the opposite of English.
The last time I checked, Latin was also a dead language, the opposite of English.
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Postby The Imperialist » Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:25 am

I also remember Latin having a lot of grammar patterns which is a pain for somebody like me. (Too many things to memorise for exams- WHY EXAMS? I JUST WANT TO LEARN NOT EXAMS)
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