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    origin of karaoke

    Do you happen to know the origin of "karaoke"?
    It's a japanese term, which means "kara= fake" + "oke = orchestra".
    As I know, the producer of a Japanese musical performance company for companies' picnics got tired of going to picnics for playing musical instruments in person, so he invented a machine that contains all the musical pieces, which allowed him not to go to such picnics any more.
    And he made the English term, "kara(fake)+oke(orchestar)", which means he didn't have to play actual orchestra any more. I wonder if some native speakers know about the origin.

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