Category Archives: Yojijukugo
大胆不敵 dai.tan.fu.teki Literally: big – liver/gallbladder / courage – non – enemy Alternately: Being, or at least acting, completely unafraid. Acting as confident as someone without any (meaningful) enemies. Notes: This is another compound comprising two near-synonyms. 大胆 is “brave(ry),” … Continue reading
三者三様 san.sha.san.you Literally: three – person – three – manner Alternately: Everybody is different. If you look at three people, you’ll find three different ways of thinking, three different ways of doing things. Notes: The number three may be replaced … Continue reading
歌舞音曲 ka.bu.on.kyoku Literally: sing – dance – sound – melody Alternately: Song and dance. Especially, a public performance of singing and dancing. More generally, performance or play using any of the flashy arts.
More effective but less fun than “eat, pray, love”? Nah, just parallel. 勤倹力行 kin.ken.ri-.kkou Literally: diligence – frugality – power – go / carry out (an action) Alternately: Frugality and hard work. A modest lifestyle supported by copious elbow grease. … Continue reading
一木一草 ichi.boku.i-.ssou Literally: one – tree – one – grass Alternately: Everything in the area; every last tree and blade of grass. In contrast, this phrase can also mean something of which there’s only a very small amount – a … Continue reading
And raise you LOVELY OPERA HARPIES 迦陵頻伽 ka.ryou.bin.ga Literally: “ka” (this character is only used phonetically) – imperial tomb – repeatedly – attend Alternately: A beautiful voice, or a person (especially a woman) who possesses one. This phrase refers to … Continue reading
自暴自棄 ji.bou.ji.ki Literally: self – violence – self – abandon Alternately: Coming unmoored and lashing out, to the point of actually harming one’s own self or interests, in a surfeit of disillusionment or desperation. Impulsive and self-destructive flailing without regard … Continue reading