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
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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Any corrections would be most gratefully appreciated—by me and my kids 😅.
御託「ごたく」：① tedious talk/impertinent talk/repetitious talk/saucy speech/pretentious statement
I mean… 🤔
- 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.
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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