Gorimuchuu

五里霧中

(ごりむちゅう・gorimuchuu)
noun
Meaning: totally at a loss, lose one’s bearings, bewildered, exasperated
Example: これからどう会社を経営していったらいいのか、五里霧中だ。 (We’re at a loss as to how to manage our company from now on.)

pkncdbl

First learned this vocabulary because of Arashi’s song! It was performed on Arafes’13 and is the coupling song of Arashi’s 12th Single released in 2004. Continue reading “Gorimuchuu”

Gorimuchuu

Oyashirazu

親知らず

(oya shirazu)
noun
Meaning: wisdom tooth/teeth
Example:  つい最近親知らず2本を抜いてもらった。 (I had 2 wisdom teeth removed just recently.)

The literal translation of the words means ‘parents do not know’. This is one of the many Japanese words that could be easily misinterpreted. Adult teeth usually start to grow and develop at ages 5 – 6, and is completed by ages 12 – 13, while wisdom teeth start growing after age 20. It’s said that oyashirazu was popularized during a time when the life expectancy was on average 50 years old. By the time a person develops wisdom teeth, the parents may no longer be around, hence the term ‘parents do not know’.

Oyashirazu