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Oetsu (嗚咽 – Sobbing)

  • Oetsu


    Last week I got a job interview of a new position, but I also got a notice of rejection yesterday.

    I’m about to sob in a choking voice.

    Such a state is sometimes called 嗚咽 (oetsu) in Japanese.

    嗚 (o) means sorrowing or crying voice, and 咽 (etsu) means to cry or sob while choking. I think that there is no need to explain the etymology of this word.

    Incidentally, we say おえ (oe) when feeling nauseated, so some people think that “oetsu” means to feel nauseat or cry while vomitting. However, since this thought is wrong, please be careful when you use it.

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