Ne mo Ha mo nai (根も葉もない – Groundless)

  • Ne mo Ha mo nai


    To describe that a theory or talk has no foundation, you can use the Japanese term ‘ne mo ha mo nai‘ (根も葉もない).

    Since ‘ne‘ (根) means “root,” ‘ha‘ (葉) means “leaf,” and ‘nai‘ (ない) means “nothing,” so the literal meaning of ‘ne mo ha mo nai’ is “there is neither roots nor leaves.”
    「根」は “root”、「葉」は “leaf”、「ない」は “nothing” を意味するので、「根も葉もない」の文字どおりの意味は “there is neither root nor leaf” となります。

    Roots and leaves are very important parts for plants.

    If you compare “theory” or “talk” to “plant,” “root” and “leaf” will be “foundation” and “result/conclusion,” respectively.

    That is to say, ‘ne mo ha mo nai’ means that a theory/talk is unfounded/groundless.

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