@ Do You Know The Japanese Word "KY"? KYって知っていますか?

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Oct 13, 2011 22:22


Are you familiar with the Japanese term "KY"?

To my shame, I didn't know anything about it until my American friend told me about it.


It is pronounced "kei-wai", and when she said, "KY", I thought that it was an English word. She was kind enough to be vague about the meaning in order not to humiliate me. I guess that she wondered why I didn't know it, even though I'm Japanese. I don't know why...maybe I'm way behind the times or too old!


After coming back home, I checked it out on the internet.


It's a Japanese slang word that was coined by high-school girls in 2007. It is an acronym of "Kuuki-Yomenai" in Japanese. Do you know what that is?

It's for a person who can't read the atmosphere, and can't read between the lines.


I guess that a "KY person" would have a hard time living in Japan, because the Japanese generally don't express themselves very well. We are under the impression that others might understand us without mentioning the details most of the time.

Now, I am suspicious that I might be one of those "KY" people, because I'm more comfortable to be with people who express themselves openly. I feel tired of guessing other people's feelings. I am terrible at it!


(^^)


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