Hana ni Tsuku (鼻につく – Getting Annoyed)

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    Hana ni Tsuku


    When feeling annoyed with someone’s words or behavior, you can express it by using the Japanese idiom ‘hana ni tsuku‘ (鼻につく).

    Since ‘hana‘ (鼻) means “nose” and ‘tsuku‘ (つく) means “to be attached,” the literal meaning of ‘hana ni tsuku’ is “something is attached to one’s nose.”
    「鼻」は “nose”、「つく」は “to attach” を意味するので、「鼻につく」の文字どおりの意味は “something attaches to one’s nose” となります。

    Here, what is attached to one’s nose implies “smell.”

    If a peculiar smell is attached to your nose, you will be annoyed because the smell will stay for a while.

    Because of this, ‘hana ni tsuku’ came to have the above meaning.

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