Word of the Day: Chiralism

Chiralism is a pseudo-loan word from Japanese:

Chiralism: The act or practice of keeping one in suspense, especially with erotic undertones.

A stripper would be a “chiralist”, for example.  The Japanese “panty shot” is probably the best example of why this term comes to us from the land of the rising sun.  The word itself, though, is of unknown origin.  It appears in the song D-City Rock by Teddyloid from the Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt soundtrack.  Specifically, Stocking states she has no mercy for chiralism.  What exactly that means is most likely that she enjoys teasing peeping toms (like Brief).

As an author, I appreciate words that are new and actually fit in a place where no other words work.  While “tease” would work, it doesn’t fully encompass the idea, especially since it can be unintentional (in the case of a “panty shot”).

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