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Monday, November 5, 2007

自暴自棄

じ ぼう じ き
ji bou ji ki

Today I am rushed and late, because, as I'm sure someone will desperately try to point out in an example sentence, my girlfriend is in town! So to make it extra challenging, I'm giving you "oneself," "violence," "oneself," and "abandonment."

Definition: 自分で自分を粗末に扱い捨て鉢になること。
Translations:
1. Complete and utter desperation
2. Self-defeat
3. Giving up on everything


This would've been a good one to know a few weeks ago when my やる気 would just not でない, but I learned it last week, in conjunction with its opposite, which I'll give you tomorrow. The woman who taught it to me says that it's more than just your garden variety depression though, and that it's usually caused by some immense failure. It's the feeling of giving up on yourself after you've failed miserably at everything you've tried, and so maybe it's warranted?

例文:
僕は自暴自棄になって、やけ酒をくらってやる!!!
I've given up on life, so I'm off to drown my sorrows in alcohol!

7 comments:

Claytonian said...

僕の最近作ったyoutubeビデオが成功というわけじゃない。だって35人だけが評価してくれて、自暴自棄だ

someone tell me if I can't use a gerund that way

Defendership said...

他の「自暴自棄』の定義:二ラブと酒無。

Another definition of complete desperation - Nirav without alcohol.

AzzidisRidden said...

Clay,

Would this be a good opportunity to use 新作?

Claytonian said...

I think that could work

AzzidisRidden said...

Also, something I find endlessly awesome:

In my example sentence "やけ酒” (violently excessive alcohol consumption for the purposes of temporarily escaping the stresses od life) could potentially be written in Kanji using the same kanji that make じき from this 四字熟語。"自棄酒," see? And according to the Kanji genius I know, not many Japanese people would know that reading.

And that's the real value of learning obscure Japanese expressions: elitism.

Nirav ニラヴ said...

Jeff, you need to make sure that your kanji genius drinks more on days that he doesn't want to before asking for his advice. OH WAIT!

Well, this is only post 1 of 2 for today, so I'll make it quick.

あいつは、自分で起こした企業が倒産しただけじゃなくて、奥さんにも逃げられたし、周りの人間にも悪人と思われてるみたいだよ。彼の今の気持ちって、いわゆる自暴自棄ってやつかな?

Nirav ニラヴ said...

oops. Translation:

Not only did the company he started go out of business, his wife left him and everyone thinks of him as the bad guy. I guess he must be going through the lowest point in his life right now...