Ten ni Tsuba Suru (天に唾する - Slander Flings Stones at Itself)

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May 29, 2018 10:36 Egnlish essay
Have you ever hurt yourself as a result of trying to harm others?

Such a situation is expressed as the proverb ten ni tsuba suru (天に唾する).

Ten (天) means "sky" and tsuba suru (唾する) means "to spit," so the literal meaning of the combination is "to spit on the sky."

As you would guess, even if you spit while looking up, you can't dirty the sky, and your face will get dirty.

Because of this, this proverb is used as the current meaning.

Incidentally, about 20% of Japanese people think that this proverb means "to defile a person in a position higher than myself."



「天」は "sky," 「唾する」は "to spit" を意味するので、この言葉の文字通りの意味は "to spit on the sky" になります。



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