Monku (文句 - Complaint/Criticism)

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Mar 17, 2019 12:26 English essay

I do not like people who often say 'monku' (文句).

Since 'mon' (文) means "sentence" and 'ku' (句) means "phrase," the literal meaning of 'monku' is "sentences and phrases."

Of course, this term can mean its literal meaning.

However, if you use just 'monku' without adjectives, it will mean "complaint" or "criticism."

[Example 1] Kare wa itsumo monku wo itte iru (彼はいつも文句を言っている - "He always make complains").

[Example 2] Kanojo wa monku nashi no tensai da (彼女は文句なしの天才だ - "She is an undisputed genius").


「文」は "sentence"、「句」は "phrase" を意味するので、「文句」の文字どおりの意味は "sentences and phrases" となります。


しかし、形容詞を何もつけずに単に「文句」と言った場合、"complaint/criticism" を意味します。


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