Yudan (油断 – Carelessness)

  • Yudan


    To let one’s guard down or to be careless is called ‘yudan‘ (油断) in Japanese.

    Yu‘ (油) means “oil” and ‘dan‘ (断) means “to cut off” or “to break.”
    「油」は “oil,” 「断」は “to cut off” や “to break” を意味します。

    There are two major theories about its etymology.

    One is that it comes from the story of Buddhist scriptures; “A king gave his servant a bowl of oil, and said that when he spills the oil, his life would be cut off.”

    The other one is that it comes from the archaic Japanese word ‘yutani‘ (ゆたに), which means to relax.

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