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People dressing up as anime characters at Anime North 2017. A weeb, or weeaboo, is someone obsessed with Japanese culture, including anime. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Nicholas Moreau)

What Is a Weeb or Weeaboo?

A weeb, or weeaboo, is a Japanophile: someone who appreciates and loves Japanese culture, its people and history. The previous term, “Wapanese,” is now considered derogatory.

For thousands of years, Europeans had no clue about where birds went during Winter. Until 1822, when a German hunter shot a stork and discovered an 80cm long African spear protruding from its neck. This provided the first evidence of bird migration to Africa.

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