Sugu is a native Japanese word meaning 'immediately',
'straight away'. Sugu is the simple everyday kind
of word that is most naturally written in hiragana as すぐ:
||Kētai, PC de kekkon aite ni ima sugu de-aeru
You can meet a marriage partner immediately by mobile phone or PC.
But katakana スグ
can also be found, as shown in the following advertisement. The main objective
of using katakana is to emphasise the word sugu,
similar to the use of italics in English. The advertisement claims that the
service offered is available immediately.
Kore kara natsu-yasumi honban
Intānetto de, sugu yoyaku!
Hachi-gatsu no Intānetto gentei hanbai puran
Hoteru za bāgen
Summer holidays begin in earnest from now
You can book immediately
via the Internet!
August Internet restricted sales plan
'Hotel The Bargain'
A Google search of the Internet in August 2003 revealed the following distribution:
No. of occurrences
Although the kanji form 直ぐ
is no longer standard usage -- this kind of word is expected to be written in
hiragana -- it is interesting that it still occurs in significant numbers
on the Internet. This could be because:
(1) People writing web pages use word-processing software, which offers
the option of writing 直ぐ.
One must be doubtful if many people would choose this when writing by hand.
(2) The Internet is a very democratic medium reflecting how ordinary people
want to write, not the style rules dictated by publishing houses. This allows
many non-standard usages through.