- Consent: permission for something to happen or agreement to do something
- コンセント (konsento): electrical outlet
The origin of the word コンセント is said to come from the English “concentric plug”; these types of plugs were in use during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and had concentric (round) contacts, as opposed to the pinned ones we use today. Concentric plug was shortened to plug in most languages, but in Japanese the first word was chosen when abbreviating the term.
At first glance, コンセント might sound like a “Japanization” of the English word consent but the current meaning of both words are completely unrelated.
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