Gū no Ne mo Denai (ぐうの音も出ない)

  • Gū no Ne mo Denai


    Have you ever gotten into a situation where you cannot counter someone’s argument at all?

    Such a situation is called “gū no ne mo denai” (ぐうの音も出ない) in Japanese.

    ‘Gū’ (ぐう) is an onomatopoeia that refers to your choking voice, ‘ne’ (音) means ‘sound,’ and ‘denai’ (出ない) means ‘not come out.’
    「ぐう」は息が詰まった時の声、「音」は ‘sound,’ そして「出ない」は ‘not come out’ を意味します。

    That is to say, “gū no ne mo denai” implies that you are getting into a severe situation where you cannot make even your choking voice.

    Incidentally, note that “gū no ne” is only used in the expression “gū no ne mo denai.”

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