Kengka-goshi and Yowa-goshi (喧嘩腰と弱腰 – Defiant Attitude and Bearish Attitude)

  • Kengka-goshi and Yowa-goshi


    In my post yesterday, I used the Japanese term kenka-goshi (喧嘩腰), which means an attitude that you are about to start a fight/quarrel.

    Since kenka means “fight/quarrel” and goshi/koshi (腰) means “waist,” the literal meaning of kenkagoshi is “a fight waist.”
    「喧嘩」は “fight/quarrel”、「腰」は “waist” を意味するので、「喧嘩腰」の文字どおりの意味は “a fight waist” となります。

    This is because the waist portion looks characteristics when getting ready for a fight.

    Contrary to kenka-goshi, there is another term yowa-gosi (弱腰), which means a bearish or negative attitude.

    Since yowa (弱) means “weak,” the literal meaning of yowa-goshi is “a weak waist.”
    「弱」は “weak” を意味するので、「弱腰」の文字どおりの意味は “a weak waist” となります。

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