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What is karaoke?

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Samantha Barber on April 15, 2020

Taken from the home pahe www.goodtimekaraoke.com The Japanese word stems from the words kara (空), which means "empty" (as in karate, "empty hand") and oke which is short for ōkesutora, which means "orchestra". The words together make a contraction literally meaning "empty orchestra". This term used to be slang for media where pre-recorded music substitutes for a live performance, so it is written in katakana. The term karaoke can be interpreted as "virtual orchestra" because one can specify a key for the music and we started singing without the presence of a live band or orchestra. In the united States, the word is often pronounced as /kerioki/, and in great Britain /kaerieoki/. The Japanese pronunciation is /karaoke/. (These pronunciations are in IPA.). It's a popular urban legend that Karaoke is Japanese for "tone deaf". This is not true, despite the fact that it is fun.


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