Hiza ga Warau (膝が笑う – One’s Knees Shake)

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    Hiza ga Warau


    When exercising suddenly or imposing a load on your feet, your knees could wobble/shake regardless of your own will.

    To describe such a situation, you can use the Japanese idiom ‘hiza ga warau‘ (膝が笑う).

    Hiza‘ (膝) means “knee” and ‘warau‘ (笑う) means “to laugh,” so the literal meaning of ‘hiza ga warau’ is “one’s knees laugh.”
    「膝」は “knee”、「笑う」は “to laugh” を意味するので、「膝が笑う」の文字どおりの意味は “one’s knees laugh” となります。

    As you might have guessed, this idiom describes the shake of knees by using the verb “laugh.”

    Incidentally, there are mainly three kinds of onomatopoeia to describe the shake of knees — ‘kaku kaku‘ (カクカク), ‘gaku gaku‘ (ガクガク), and ‘puru puru‘ (プルプル).

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