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Heto Heto

  • Today I participated in an academic conference.


    Several students that I taught planned to do their poster presentations, and I planned to go the venue as an accompanying person of them.

    However, two of them were absent, so I had to do poster presentations on behalf of them.

    Since one poster session took one and a half hours, I explained their studies patiently for a total of three hours.

    Now I am a state of “heto heto.”

    “Heto heto” is a term that means an exhausted condition, but the etymology isn’t clear.

    A theory insists that “heto heto” comes from the last two characters of “i ro ha ni ho he to,” which is a traditional Japanese poem called “Iroha Uta.”

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