もとい [もとい] (motoi)
Meaning: is wrong, rather
Example: So I was there at the pub ... no, the disco when ...
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|paulblay||I don't know what kanji (if any) apply to this or what the grammatical basis is for this usage. Please add details if you know them.|| |
|potaro||The listing for 元い (もとい) in my electronic dictionary is a link to 元へ (もとへ), so 元い is probably a corrupted/alternate form of 元へ, which literally means "back to the beginning". It's probably best to think of this phrase as meaning "take back", as in "Wednesday... no, I take it back -- Thursday".|| |
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