I think both are OK.
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I'd like to explain the word "karaoke" as follows.
The word "karaoke" is a mix of Japanese and English. "Kara" means "empty" in Japanese (as there is no voice in the song), and "oke" is from the English word "orchestra".
In this case, should I say "mix" or "mixture"? Or, are there better words?
I think both are OK.
I thin most English speakers would be surprised to hear that "karaoke" is part English. It's never been presented that way. I've always read that it was a Japanese word.
I certainly wouldn't describe the word as a mixture of Japanese and English at all. For me, it's a Japanese word which we use in English.
As far as I know, the direct translation of "karaoke" is "empty orchestra" but I thought that was because "oke" in Japanese means "orchestra" (although the Online Etymology Dictionary does say "oke is shortened form of okesutora, which is a Japanization of English orchestra."
What's interesting with karaoke is that it has bounced back without us knowing.
Also, I have lived in places where it has taken on a new life suggesting sex work- they have karaoke massage parlours and bars, where the attraction is the hostesses and not the singing, in parts of SE Asia.
Thank you to Tdol who answered my question and thank you everyone for the interesting discussion.
I'm sure that this "oke" is NOT a word native to Japanese. It is obvious to Japanese people because this "oke" is written in katakana characters. There are basically 3 types of characters in Japanese: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Hiragana is used primarily to write words native to Japanese, while katakana is used to represent words borrowed from Western languages. If you write "oke" in hiragana or kanji, it means a wooden bucket - a totally different thing. I guess that's tzfujimino meant. We don't usually call orchestra "oke", as he/she says. We usually say "okesutora" and it is a Japanization of "orchestra" as emsr2d2's etymology dictionary says. The etymology dictionary is correct and all Japanese prestigious dictionaries say the same thing. We also have other words to mean "orchestra", such as "gakudan" or "kangen-gakudan". These are words native to Japanese and written in hiragana or kanji.
You could equally say 'The poppy is NOT native to England'. Well, no - it was brought over by the Romans. But it's been naturalized for well over a thousand years. (Botanists would call it an 'archaeophyte' rather than a 'neophyte'.)