Kenka-goshi and Yowa-goshi (喧嘩腰と弱腰 - Defiant Attitude and Bearish Attitude)

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May 15, 2019 23:27 English essay
Kengka-goshi and Yowa-goshi

In my post yesterday, I used the Japanese term 'kenka-goshi' (喧嘩腰), which means an attitude that you are about to start a fight/quarrel.

Since 'kenka' means "fight/quarrel" and 'goshi/koshi' (腰) means "waist," the literal meaning of 'kenkagoshi' is "a fight waist."

This is because the waist portion looks characteristics when getting ready for a fight.

Contrary to 'kenka-goshi', there is another term 'yowa-gosi' (弱腰), which means a bearish or negative attitude.

Since 'yowa' (弱) means "weak," the literal meaning of 'yowa-goshi' is "a weak waist."


「喧嘩」は "fight/quarrel"、「腰」は "waist" を意味するので、「喧嘩腰」の文字どおりの意味は "a fight waist" となります。



「弱」は "weak" を意味するので、「弱腰」の文字どおりの意味は "a weak waist" となります。
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