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  • Today I’d like to talk about the Japanese term “chiguhagu.”


    “Chiguhagu” means that two or more things/people are incongruous, or there are no harmony among them.

    Originally, “chigu” meant a hammer and “hagu” meant a nail puller.

    (“Gu” that is included in both chigu and hagu means “tool.”)

    A theory about its etymology says that “chiguhagu” comes from the fact that work don’t proceed when you alternately use a hammer and a nail puller.

    Also, another theory says that it was derived from the fact that a master carpenter and a carpenter worked while exchanging a hammer and a nail puller.

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