英語のヒント vol. XX: 和製英語2 - "ワイルド"

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Dec 5, 2014 13:58 英語のヒント hint 和製英語
Hello everyone!

Today I want to discuss the very popular 和製英語 word "ワイルド." Japanese people have said this to me many times when I had a beard (髭). I think it became popular because of some comedian?

The English word this comes from is "wild" and it means something different than "ワイルド." There are generally (一般に) 3 ways we use this word:

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1) Animals (動物)

Usually, we use "wild" for animals, meaning they are not anyone's pet or in a zoo or something; they live free in the outdoors.

For example (例えば):

a) "Don't drive at night in the mountains. You might hit a wild deer"

b) "Is that dog someone's pet or is it wild?"

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2) Things/Experiences (物/経験)

We call something "wild" if we think it is very exciting or adventurous.

For example (例えば):

c) "You should try skydiving. It's a wild experience!"

d) "There are so many people at the dance club. It's going to be a wild night!"

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3) People (人)

If you call a person "wild," in English, it usually means they are really fun and adventurous. We often use this in a good way. It also means "good at sex" in a certain context.

For example (例えば):

e) "I love travelling with John. He's wild!" (意味は "he is adventurous and fun.").

f) "I can't believe what happened when we were alone. He was wild!" (意味は "when we got alone we had great sex" i.e. "he was adventurous and fun in bed.").

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HOWEVER, if you look at a person and based on their appearance alone (外観だけ), it is quite rude (失礼). This is because we usually call people "wild" based on their personality (性格) and NOT their appearance. If you say "wild" to someone because of their looks, you are basically saying they are an animal.

For example (例えば):

g) "Look at that guy. He's wild" (意味は "he looks like an animal and not a human being").

h) "Nice beard. You are wild" (意味は "that beard makes you look like an animal and not a human being").

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So, be very careful about using the English word "wild!"

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