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Aka no Tanin (A Complete Stranger)

  • Today, I will talk about the Japanese phrase “aka no tanin.”


    “Aka” means “red,” “tanin” means “a stranger,” and “aka no tanin” means “a complete stranger.”

    Since the word “aka” comes from “akiraka,” which means “obvious” or “clear,” it contains such meanings in addition to “red,” and is sometimes used for emphasizing a noun as in the above example.

    (By the way, “kuro” (black) comes from “kurai,” which means “dark.”)

    As similar examples, there are “makka na uso” (a red lie) and “aka ppaji” (a red shame).

    “Makka na uso” means “an absolute lie” or “an utter lie,” and “aka ppaji” means “a mortal shame” or “an open disgrace.”

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