Currently creating glosses to the lyrics to , "RGTO" feat. & :

Kids keep asking what this and that phrase means and now I have to know too.

Lots of expressions in dictionary starting with もの!:

- 物は試し:① the proof of the pudding is in the eating/the proof is in the pudding/don't knock it till you've tried it

- ものは言いよう:① smooth words make smooth ways/it's not what you say, it's how you say it

- ものは相談:① a wise man is he who listens to counsel/a worry shared is a worry halved

- 物は使いよう:① things depend on how you use them/all things have their uses when they are used in the right way

- ものは考えよう:① things depend on how you look at them

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If you know the words "orpiment" or "gamboge", your English vocabulary (or geology or art) is better than mine.

(In JMDict's entry for 雌黄:

As usual I'm in awe of those four-character phrases they have in Japanese and Chinese:


en jyaku kou koku

Piece-by-piece, this says "swallow sparrow goose swan", i.e., four birds, two little and two large.


"How can a small bird (a sparrow, a petty person) understand the aspirations of a great bird (a phoenix) / Only a hero can understand a hero." 🤯

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Gloss for Rap Game Try Out:

Any corrections would be most gratefully appreciated—by me and my kids 😅.

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御託「ごたく」:① tedious talk/impertinent talk/repetitious talk/saucy speech/pretentious statement


御託宣「ごたくせん」:① oracle

I mean… 🤔

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- jōnetsu (passion, zeal)
- seizō (manufacture, production)

"Passion production" 🤩 as I grew older I think I came to take for granted that the fuel that I burn is free, but this turn of phrase (via T-Pablow's verse in Turn Up) makes me remember—when I was younger, I did use to frequently marvel at how easy it was to obtain or synthesize the passion that fueled everything I did, and how unusual that seemed.

Wherever it comes from, it's not slaked in near-twenty years, so I'm not worrying.

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Seizō is homophone with 聖像, "sacred image/icon" (and 西藏, Tibet), I could read a lot of mystic into this.

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