Shirokuro Tsukeru (白黒つける – Determining Clearly)

  • Shirokuro Tsukeru


    Sometimes you will have a situation where you need to determine whether something is right or wrong, good or bad.

    Determining such a thing is expressed as shirokuro tsukeru (白黒つける) in Japanese.

    Shiro (白) means “white,” kuro (黒) means “black,” and tsukeru means “determine,” so the literal meaning of this phrase is “to determine whether something is white or black.”
    「白」は “white”、「黒」は “black”、「つける」は “determine ” を意味するので、「白黒つける」の文字どおりの意味は “to determine whether something is white or black” となります。

    It is said that this phrase comes from “Go” (a board game using white and black stones).

    Since “Go” determines whether the winner is white side or black side, shirokuro tsukeru came to mean to make a clear conclusion.

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