Kaze (風/風邪 - Wind/Cold)

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Nov 5, 2017 15:09 English essay
The Japanese word "kaze" has two different meanings; "wind" (風) and "(common) cold" (風邪), and both are often used in daily conversation.

The "ka" of "kaze" means a movement of the atmosphere, and "ze" means wind, so originally "kaze" meant either of them.

The reason why it has come to mean a cold (a kind of illness) is because the illness could spread due to the movement of the atmosphere or the wind.

You can use "kaze" (風 - wind) like: "Kaze ga fuku" (風が吹く - The wind blows), or "Kaze ga tsumetai" (風が冷たい - The wind is cold).

You can use "kaze" (風邪 - cold) like: "Kaze wo hiku" (風邪をひく - I get a cold), or "Kaze wo utsusareru" (風邪をうつされる - I pick up a cold).