Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fact of the Day: Taikun

While tycoon in English usually refers to legendary businessmen like Howard Hughes or Bill Gates, the word was taken from Japan. In Japan 大君 (Taikun) was a title meaning "great lord" that referred to the supreme military general and ruler known as the Shogun. The word was brought back to the United States, and one of the first people to receive the nickname was President Abraham Lincoln by his aides John Hay and John Nicolay. 

Thanks to Kay and her mom for letting me know this one!

21 comments:

Christine said...

Yes I learned this from Kay too!

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Kay said...

Too cool, Adam. I love how you did this post! Thank you for the mention.

Bob Bushell said...

Well, I didn't know this, nice one Adam.

Harija said...

Great facts

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Kati said...

I had no diea!

Have a great day,
-Kati

P.S.: Thanks for your words on my last post!

MEcoy said...

well that perhaps is the reason why legendary business man
were clled taikun

Pilar Domínguez said...

This is really interesting. Thank you , Adam for teaching us. Kisses:)

Emmylou said...

Didn't know this. Thanks for sharing:)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Cool. I like the Japanese word 'Taikun' better than the English 'Tycoon'

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Lincoln the Taikun...coolness!

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wow tat so cool !
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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Cool! Never knew this!

Adam said...

well they are pronounced the same

Pat Hatt said...

News to me

Anna and Klaudia said...

great fact! :)

FilipBlog said...

Japan is a mistery. Just saw the movie Hachi of the loyalty of an Akita. Was strange and interesting.

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Anna-Alina said...

hah cool

Unknown said...

Really curious ^__^

Thanx for sharing this.


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Erzsebeth said...

Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend :)

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Theresa Mahoney said...

My daughter was learning to write and send me a note. It said "I like you. You get me fied tieken." Which translates to Fried Chicken. Not far off from Taikun I suppose ;)