What does the word "karaoke" literally mean?

"singing way"
"one man standing"
"musical spirit"
"empty orchestra"
In Japan, it has long been common to provide musical en­ter­tain­ment at a dinner or a party. In 1971, Daisoki Inoue, a Japanese drummer mu­si­cian, made a tape recorder-­like machine that played songs for a 100-yen coin each - and leased them out so that the stores did not have to buy new songs on their own. Soon, new busi­ness­es called karaoke boxes, with com­part­ment­ed rooms, became popular.

Answers distribution

"singing way"
"one man standing"
"musical spirit"
"empty orchestra"
answers
flagUkraine
8%
8%
8%
75%
24
flagthe United Arab Emirates
8%
16%
0%
75%
12
flagSouth Korea
25%
0%
0%
75%
12
flagItaly
22%
3%
9%
64%
31
flagSpain
20%
10%
6%
62%
29
flagSwitzerland
8%
25%
4%
62%
24
flagJapan
20%
6%
13%
60%
15
flagthe Netherlands
16%
22%
6%
53%
62
flagGermany
21%
18%
6%
52%
143
flagFrance
15%
18%
9%
52%
44
flagthe United Kingdom
21%
18%
9%
50%
315
flagCanada
21%
14%
14%
50%
28
flagRepublic of Ireland
18%
18%
15%
48%
33
flagPoland
24%
15%
12%
47%
12432
flagthe United States
20%
16%
15%
46%
265
flagIndia
33%
7%
15%
43%
39
flagSweden
36%
12%
12%
40%
25
flagNorway
21%
23%
15%
39%
38
flagUnknown
31%
15%
16%
35%
667
flagAustralia
0%
46%
23%
30%
13

Gender

men39%
women41%
"singing way"
27%
24%
"one man standing"
16%
20%
"musical spirit"
16%
13%
"empty orchestra"
39%
41%

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