One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Japan: a tale, story, or narrative; especially a legend, a romance.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Griffis (1843–1928). From Japanese monogatari tale from mono thing, object, affair + -gatari, combining form of katari, nominalized stem of kataru to talk (about), tell, narrate, recite (probably from kata shape, form).
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