Tag Archives: 得手

Giving oneself a (winning) hand

得手勝手 e.te.ka-.tte Literally: acquire – hand – win – hand Alternately: Doing whatever you want without regard for other people. Caring only about one’s own needs, desires, or convenience. Selfish or willful behavior. Notes: While toku is a valid reading … Continue reading

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Forte vs. foible for fiercely forceful fencing

I’m sure you can find a way to make this one topical to Valentine’s Day, whether you’re feeling optimistic, satisfied, or cynical. 得手に帆を揚げる (Ete ni ho wo ageru; “Raise one’s sails to one’s forte”) Definition: Acting when luck gives you … Continue reading

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