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Tsukinami (月並み – Cut-and-Dried)

  • Tsukinami


    When something is ordinary or common and boring, it is called tsukinami (月並み) in Japanese.

    Tsuki (月) means “month,” nami (並み/並) means “to line up” or “ordinary,” and tsukinami was originally meant “monthly” or “monthly event.”
    「月」は “month,” 「並み」は “to line up” や “ordinary” を意味し、「月並み」はもともと「毎月」や「毎月の恒例」という意味で用いられていました。

    In the Bunka era, people started an event called tsukinami ku awase (月並句合 – monthly haiku gathering), which gathered haiku (俳句 – a Japanese seventeen-syllable poem) and published excellent ones; this event exploded in popularity.

    In the Edo period, Shiki MASAOKA (正岡子規 – a famous Japanese haiku writer) criticized ordinary and boring haiku made at this event as tsuinami chō (月並調 – tsukinami rhythm), so tsukinami has come to have its current meaning.

    【Example sentence】
    Kare no supīchi wa tsukinami datta (彼のスピーチは月並みだった – His speech was cut-and-dried.)

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