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Ware wo Wasureru (我を忘れる – Losing Control)

  • Ware wo Wasureru


    To lose control of oneself by getting excited about something can be expressed with the Japanese idiom ware wo wasureru (我を忘れる).

    Since ware (我) means “me/oneself,” and wasureru (忘れる) means “to forget,” the literal meaning of ware wo wasureru is “to forget oneself.”
    「我」は “me/oneself”、「忘れる」は “to fotget” を意味するので、「我を忘れる」の文字どおりの意味は “to forget oneself” となります。

    This idiom implies that you forget even yourself when you get too absorbed in something.

    I think that it is good to be enthusiastic about something, but please be careful not to lose control of yourself and cause trouble for those around you.

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