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Tenparu (テンパる – Panic)

  • Tenparu


    Today, my lab students participated in their first academic conference.

    Both students and I were quite nervous, and one student was in a state described as tenparu (テンパる).

    Tenparu is a slang term that describes a state of panic caused by nervousness or anxiety.

    It originates from the mahjong term tenpai (聴牌), which refers to the state of being able to win with one more tile.

    Originally, tenparu literally meant a state of readiness to win, however, now it has taken on a negative connotation, associated with the state of nervousness.

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