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Sjirajira Shii

  • Today I will talk about the Japanese adjective “shira jira shii.”


    Both of the “shira” and the “jira” means “white,” so this adjective can literally mean that something looks white.

    However, in most cases, it means that someone’s lie is blatant or someone pretend to know nothing about what he/her knows.

    Usage example: Don’t say the bland flattery (shirajira shii oseji).

    Originally, “shiro” (white) is often used to imply that something is clear.

    Therefore, it is thought that “shirajira shii” was derived from the meaning that your true feelings are clear.

    Incidentally, according to my dictionary, “to tell a shirajira shii lie” is translated into “to lie through one’s teeth.”
    ちなみに、「白々しい嘘をつく」を英語では “lie through one’s teeth” と言うようです。

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