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How many grets before they start repeating?

千恨万悔 sen.kon.ban.kai Literally: thousand – regret / resentment – ten thousand – regret / repentance Alternately: Overwhelming feelings of regret about the past. Notes: Some versions may not use 万, but rather the archaic form of the same character, 萬. … Continue reading

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Has, shoots, and leaves

雨後の筍 (Ugo no takenoko; “Bamboo shoots after the rain”) Definition: The same thing, or similar things, popping up one after another. Repetition. Recurrence. Like a profusion of bamboo shoots sprouting after the rain. Like mushrooms after the rain, in Western … Continue reading

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If I’ve told you once…

…I’ve told you so many times that life gave me lemons. In my face. 口が酸っぱくなるほど (kuchi ga suppaku naru hodo; “until the mouth turns sour”) Definition: Repeating oneself over and over. Saying the same thing ad nauseum. Often used to … Continue reading

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Play it again, Sam – ?

I like this kotowaza so much, I think I’ll post it next week too! 馬鹿の一つ覚え (Baka no hitotsu oboe; “The one thing a fool remembers”) Definition: “He that knows little often repeats it.” A foolish person clings to one thing, … Continue reading

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