Meaning of “Akeome(あけおめ)”

“Akeome(あけおめ)” means “Happy New Year!”.
It’s an abbreviation for “Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu(あけまして おめでとう )” which is a special word in the new year.
“Akeome(あけおめ)” is a popular slang with young people.

“Akemashite(明けまして)” means maybe changing a new day.
“Akeru(明ける)” means sun rises. But we almost never use this word except for “Akemashite(明けまして)”.
“Omedetou(おめでとう)” means “Congratulations” or “Happy”.

“Akeome(あけおめ)” is often used with “Kotoyoro(ことよろ)”.
This two word is almost one pair.
“Kotoyoro(ことよろ)” is an abbreviation for “Kotoshi mo Yoroshiku(今年もよろしく)” which means “let’s get along in this year too”. Kind of.

So, guys, “Akeome Kotoyoro”!

Example Conversation in new Year’s day

A: Akeome
B: Akeome Kotoyoro
A: Kotoyoro

A: あけおめ~
B: あけおめ~、ことよろ~
A: ことよろ~

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