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    [JP] Need help with a word

    Is there a good word for "七光り"(benefiting from the influence of a master or parent)? Or is it good enough translating it as "a person who coattail"? Thx in advance.
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    Re: Need help with a word

    Hi,

    How about "halo of (a master or parent)"?
    "Halo (effect)" is somewhat popular technical term in psychology.
    "七光り" is a set phrase and a metaphor, and as you know, "光" means "light ≠ halo".
    So I think it's not bad equivalent.

    And "coattail" sounds good too. But I'm not a native English speaker. So I can't propose a conclusive answer.

    I hope that my reply might help.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Boon0175; February 06, 2011 at 11:04 AM.

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    Re: Need help with a word

    "riding on the coattails of" is more common than just "coattail" as a verb. But either one works, and I can't think of a better word to fit 七光り.

    Halo effect is a pretty cool term, but unless the person who's talking is a psychologist or something, it wouldn't sound very natural.

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    Re: Need help with a word

    >>Halo effect is a pretty cool term, but unless the person who's talking is a psychologist or something, it wouldn't sound very natural.

    Thank you, it's very enlightening for me.
    Also in Japanese, Halo effect(ハーローorヘイローエフェクト/後光効果) is a kind of technical term. 七光り is a very common expression.

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    Re: Need help with a word

    to ride on one's father's/mother's coattails
    to profit from one's father's/mother's fame
    Last edited by mikkih; February 07, 2011 at 02:08 AM.

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    Re: Need help with a word

    Seems like it'd be "to ride on parent's coattail" in my case. As always, thanks everyone!

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