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Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> My *vague* understanding from various subbed anime is that da is less
> formal.

Correct.  Da is the plain form, Desu is the polite form.  Desu is also
used as a politeness marker.

ObTangeant: A friend of mine overused "desu" when she took Japanese, and
so she acquired the nickname "Desu", or its variant "The Supreme Desu".
Now, in the slang of her group of friends, "desu" has taken on the
meaning of "cool", like "That's very desu".  :-)

> Entropy isn't what it used to be.

Hee hee.  That's a clever one.

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