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Tenya Wanya (てんやわんや)

  • Tenya Wanya


    When participating in a drinking party, sometimes it becomes “tenya wanya” (てんやわんや).

    “Tenya wanya” is a term that represents that a lot of people are moving disorderly and they’re being confused.

    It is thought that this term comes from two words, “tenden” and “waya.”

    “Tenden” means “each,” and “waya” is a Kansai dialect, which means “impossible” or “unreasonable.”

    “Tenya wanya” was used as a slang term since the Edo period, but it became very popular in 1948 because it was used as a title of a novel in a newspaper and the novel became a movie.

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