Keshikakeru (けしかける – Inciting)

  • Keshikakeru


    When you flatter or encourage someone and attempt to get him/her to do what you want, your act is expressed as keshikakeru (けしかける) in Japanese.

    Originally, this verb meant to make animals, like dogs, head towards something.

    Keshi (けし) was a shout that was used when inciting hunting dogs, and people shouted “keshi!” when finding prey.

    Also, kakeru (かける) means to give someone your voice or to act.

    Because of this, people had come to use the verb keshikakeru when inciting dogs, and it has come to be used for people since the Edo period.

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