Spotting a Japanese masochist

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A recent survey from goo Ranking looked at a word from English (a letter, actually) that has lost something in translation. The letter is M (for masochist), but as you will see from this survey of what aspects of someone’s character makes people think they might be M, for both women and men, it could just as easily be M for meek. Note that S, which appears in the answers below, is for sadist.

Demographics

Over the 23rd and 24th of August 2010 1,127 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 57.3% of the sample were female, 11.7% in their teens, 16.5% in their twenties, 29.0% in their thirties, 23.2% in their forties, 10.9% in their fifties, and 8.7% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Another popular survey translation of mine on fetishes also illustrates the loss in translation.

Ranking result

Q: What features of people make you think they might be masochists? (Sample size=646, female)

Rank Score
1They want to be ordered around100
2They want to get scolded94.5
3They like being directed88.3
4They want to be looked after88.0
5They like bad boys63.6
6They are quick to apologise47.4
7=They’re always bursting into tears41.6
7=They are only interested in people’s expressions41.6
9They are always timid41.2
10They cannot decide anything by themselves38.5
11They cannot do anything alone37.8
12They have a small voice35.1
13Their gaze is always downward27.1
14Their fashion taste matches their partner’s25.8
15As they are afraid to refuse a request, they do what they are told23.7
16They are adamant that they are S21.3
17Their partner is more important than their friends15.1
18They are most afraid of causing people trouble13.1
19They listen more than talk12.0
20They give up quickly11.0

Q: What features of people make you think they might be masochists? (Sample size=481, male)

Rank Score
1They want to get ordered around100
2They want to get scolded95.5
3They want to be looked after78.6
4They like being directed74.7
5They cannot decide anything by themselves62.3
6They are quick to apologise60.4
7They have a small voice58.4
8They are always timid57.8
9They cannot do anything alone53.2
10They are only interested in people’s expressions48.1
11Their gaze is always downward41.6
12They’re always bursting into tears40.3
13They like bad boys39.0
14They are adamant that they are S35.1
15=As they are afraid to refuse a request, they do what they are told22.7
15=They are most afraid of causing people trouble22.7
17Their fashion taste matches their partner’s19.5
18They cannot do greetings18.8
19=Except in extreme circumstances they won’t open their heart to others16.2
19=They are scared of spreading rumours16.2
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