Saturday, 19 May 2012

Two useful Japanese words

I thought American English was wonderfully inventive (spin-doctors. bimbo eruptions, babe hoover, fuzzy maths) but it seems Japanese is equally so. Who'd have known?
Arigata-meiwaku: An act someone does for you that you didn’t want to have them do and tried to avoid having them do, but they went ahead anyway, determined to do you a favour, and then things went wrong and caused you a lot of trouble, yet in the end social conventions required you to express gratitude.

Bakku-shan: A beautiful girl… as long as she’s being viewed from behind.

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