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The Meaning of Dog: Part 1

  • The Meaning of Dog: Part 1

    犬の意味 Part 1

    In my post yesterday, I used the phrase kaisha no inu (会社の犬).

    The literal meaning of kaisha no inu is “corporate dog,” but it actually means “corporate slave.”
    「会社の犬」の文字どおりの意味は “company’s dog” ですが、実際には “corporate slave” の意味を持ちます。

    This is derived from the fact that Japanese people have an image of dogs as “obedient to their owners.”

    The Japanese word inu (犬 – meaning “dog”) can also be used in another sense, such as “spy.”

    This is derived from the image of (police) dogs snooping around someone and reporting the results to their owners.

    To be continued in part 2.

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