Tag Archives: desperation

Not the good kind

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

Posted in Japanese, Yojijukugo | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Otherwise they’ll just make do with some energetic jumping, apparently.

Here’s one thematically similar to Sunday’s kotowaza: 窮鼠噛猫 kyuu.so.gou.byou Literally: destitute / suffering / cornered – mouse / rat – bite – cat Alternately: A cornered rat will bite at a cat. Those in desperate straits will become unexpectedly fierce. … Continue reading

Posted in Japanese, Yojijukugo | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment