Originally posted on the blog
Xという is used to quote something that someone said. There are a lot of contractions though when speaking as seen in this one panel of よつばと！. Let’s have a look!
Jumbo: That one was under, right? Under the string, I said!!
Dad: I said it was over…! Where are you looking?!
Jumbo uses だって at the end of his sentence, where the って is a shortening of といった。
Yotsuba’s dad says the even more convoluted “っつーの” which as you might be able to guess is a shortening of というの. The と is mashed into the う to make つう and then the の on the end is the “explanatory” の (See our JP course JP7 for more on this
On a side note, the どこ見てんだよ contains a shortening of みているんだよ where the いるん is all contracted into a single ん.
All of the above is very common stuff in spoken Japanese. This is the power of manga. It gets you FROM the textbook into REAL SPOKEN Japanese.
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