A tidy little post

整理整頓
sei.ri.sei.ton

Literally: organize – logic – organize – immediately

Alternately: Keeping things in order. Tidiness. Not being rough or sloppy in your work. A phrase often seen on posters in classrooms, offices, and construction sites; often cited as part of proper safety precautions.

Note: Bear in mind that in Japanese, ton is pronounced like “tone”; it doesn’t rhyme with “bun” like the American-English word “ton.”

SeiRiSeiPig

The joke is that the character 豚 (buta, “pig”) can also be pronounced ton. Image from a T-shirt design found on this website.

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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