Peccadilloes in Nippon and in Nipponese with a Quixotic Perspective. Coming at you from Yokohama, near Tokyo.
July 7, 2009
Japanese Slang: Hey We're Like Twins!
カブる (kaburu) comes from the game of mahjong. Its a term for when tiles of the same type pile up (from the verb 被る I think) on each other, that has since come to be used for people who act or seem similar. In the commercial below, I believe that kaburu is the term that Boss George Bush is using. "被ってる！"
Drink some tea to wash that feeling away.
[credit to James for finding the vids, see more of these commercials at the Probe]