Houkou Onchi / Undō Onchi (方向音痴 / 運動音痴)


  • Houkou Onchi / Undō Onchi

    方向音痴/運動音痴


    Yesterday, I introduced you to the Japanese term ‘onchi‘ (音痴), which means “tone deaf.”
    昨日は、歌が下手なことを意味する「音痴」という言葉を紹介しました。

    There are several terms that were derived from this ‘onchi’ — ‘houkou onchi‘ (方向音痴), ‘undō onchi‘ (運動音痴), etc.
    この「音痴」から派生した言葉として、「方向音痴」や「運動音痴」があります。

    Houkou‘ (方向) means “direction,” and ‘undō‘ (運動) means “sport” or “exercise.”
    「方向」は “direction,” 「運動」は “sport” や “exercise” を意味します。

    In addition, ‘onchi’ (音痴) can mean a poor ability/sense of not only singing but also a specific one.
    「音痴」は、歌に限らず特定の能力や感覚が劣ることを表すことがあります。

    That is to say, ‘houkou onchi’ means a person who has no sense of direction and is often get lost, and ‘undō onchi’ means a person who has poor sports ability.
    すなわち「方向音痴」は「方向の感覚が鈍くてよく道に迷う人」を、「運動音痴」は「運動能力が他人よりも劣っている人」を意味するというわけです。

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