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Tarafuku (たらふく – Having Enough)

  • These days, since I eat meals until I become a state called “tarafuku” (たらふく), I am getting a little bit fat.


    “Tarafuku” is a word that represents a state that you can’t eat any more due to a feeling of fullness, or an act of eating or drinking a lot.

    “Tarafuku” is written as “鱈腹” in Kanji, where the “鱈” (tara) means “cod/codfish,” and the “腹” (fuku) means “stomach.”

    In fact, the stomach of cod is swollen, but this kanji is a kind of phonetic equivalents, and the etymology of “tarafuku” isn’t related to cod.

    The actual etymology is more simple — the adverbial suffix “ku” (く) has been added to the verb “tarafu” (足らふ), which means that something is enough.

    In Japan, it’s generally said that eating moderately is better than eating until “tarafuku.”

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