Miyuki asked in TravelAsia PacificJapan · 4 weeks ago

-yo Honorofic?

What does it mean to say -yo after a name when speaking Japanese?

3 Answers

  • Quinn
    Lv 6
    2 weeks ago

    It is not an honorific. "YO" is a particle to emphasize the sentence.  It is similar to the English phrase "ya know".  Or something like the difference in English:

    "Yesterday was Friday." A statement.


    "YESTERDAY was Friday." As in a reply to someone who thought today is Friday.

  • 4 weeks ago

    It depends on the context. There is no general answer.

    Source(s): a native Japanese
  • T
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    "-yo" added after a name is not a honorific.  Takahashi san yo. 

    It's a sentence-ending particle almost exclusively used by women in spoken Japanese, adding a bit of an emphasis. 

    Example:  Someone's calling the husband and the wife answers the phone.

    Husband: "Who's calling? (darekara?). "  Wife: "It's Mr. Takahasi (Takahasi san yo).

    I cannot guarantee this explanation applies to all situations as the one you found might be used in a different context.

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