Busu (ブス – Troll)

  • Busu


    I do not like the Japanese term ‘busu‘ (ブス).

    Busu is an insulting slang term that refers to people (especially women) with ugly appearance.

    There are several theories about its etymology, but the most accepted one is the following:

    Busu can be written as 附子 in kanji, and here it means aconite root.

    Since the aconite root contains a highly toxic venom, if you eat it without attenuating the venom, your nerves will be paralyzed and be able not to make facial expressions.

    Because of this, expressionless people came to be called busu, and later, this has changed to describe ugly people.

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