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もとい [もとい] (motoi)
    Meaning: is wrong, rather
    Example: So I was there at the pub ... no, the disco when ...
    JLPT Level: 0
    Category: grammar
    Author: paulblay

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This is used in spoken Japanese to correct yourself. 
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ex #6061   2人っきりでデート・・もとい、OFF会だと思ったけど、そこまで甘くもないよな。 
So I thought my date er rather offline-meeting was going to be just me and her but I things aren't that easy.  
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    paulblayI 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. 
    potaroThe 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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