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What does 2b pencil mean?

2b is a Japanese word for the pencil tip, with the suffix “-b”. It is used in Japan for the pencil used to write, which is a sharpened stick of metal called a ganba. It is commonly written with a character representing the word, such as 正. In the manga, this word is often used to emphasize a fact or an argument, for example, the use of a ganba to write “No one comes to the beach” or “If you cannot understand Japan’s culture, then you must leave”. In the anime, this is the reason Hanekawa is always looking at her watch. 2b has become a widely used word in the anime, and is frequently used in Japanese culture for the sharpened metal stick that is most often used to write.

Some people use this word when the word “no” is said (especially when making a joke), or when they are trying to convey how much they understand a character’s attitude.

For example, in episodes 19 and 30 of the anime, it is used when Hanekawa says something like “There isn’t any one there, so I think that’s fine…”[1]

In one manga chapter, 2b is written as 長 bòu (2b), which means the pencil tip or the pencil itself. This means, the first part of the word means “sharpened” (短) and the second part means 心 bô (2b). For example, 2b can also mean two people writing with two pencils. 2b can also be used when it is said “There isn’t anyone here”, as in the line “If you don’t understand Japan’s culture, then leave”.

In Japanese, it is common to abbreviate Japanese terms with the suffix “-b”, such as “3ba”, “cài”, and “chòshõ”. 2b is one of the abbreviations used because it is used often in English media.

There are a handful of things commonly used in Japanese culture as 2b, and they are listed below. In some cases, Japanese language usage is unclear, so there may be discrepancies in usage between an English version and the original Japanese.


3ba (おいし) – to go

The word “3ba” is used when someone says “no” to someone else’s request to perform a task, and it is used in English