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Posted in: Talent management agency Avilla receives threatening letter, ammo cartridge See in context

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See, I think you think "ammunition cartridge" is an ammo magazine, and I'm sure many other readers do as well.

I think it means "bullet".

Technically, a bullet is one component of an ammo cartridge, along with the powder and the casing. An ammo cartridge just one single unit of ammunition. Colloquially however, in American English, we would just say "bullet" to mean the whole thing. I'm not sure about other countries...

But I suspect these Japan Today articles are often just literal translations of Japanese newswires. It's the literal translation that results in them conveying confusing or wrong information, and just plain sounding weird.

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Posted in: Talent management agency Avilla receives threatening letter, ammo cartridge See in context

Is "ammunition cartridge" only weird-sounding to Americans? Why not just say "bullet"? I realize the technical difference between the two, but when you want to threaten someone, do you send them a "bullet" in the mail or an "ammo cartridge"?

Also- "what police believe to be an ammunition cartridge"? If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...

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Posted in: Shoplifter injures four in knife attack in Kumamoto See in context

Better yet, why did the taxi driver open the door for a bloody, knife-wielding lunatic?

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Posted in: Tokyo American Club to stage concert to raise funds for quake victims See in context

What is a "song stylist"?

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