The actual cruelest month

…would be September, then, I guess.

秋霜烈日
shuu.sou.retsu.jitsu

Literally: autumn – frost – intense – sun

Alternately: Stringent severity – of intent, or of some expression of authority such as discipline, punishment, etc. Strictness as harsh as a lethal late-fall frost or the burning summer sun.

Notes: Naturally, replacing 烈 with homophone 列, “line up,” is an error.

ShouSouRetsuJitsuKiShou

Apparently also the common name of this badge design for public prosecutors. Make of that what you will.

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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