一石六斗

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Etymology[edit]

Based on a pun on the term はっと (hatto, startled, surprised) written using the ateji of (hatto, eight to, where to is a traditional Japanese unit of volume).

Literally, the phrase means " (one) (koku) and (six) (to)", a measure of volume roughly equivalent to 288 liters. Also equal to 16 (to).

Figuratively, refers to seeing something once, being happily surprised and saying はっと (hatto), and then seeing it again and saying はっと once more in disappointment. はっと twice would be 8 + 8 = 16 , or 1 and 6 .

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ikːo̞kɯᵝ ro̞kɯᵝto̞], [ikːo̞kɯ̥ᵝ ro̞kɯ̥ᵝto̞]

Noun[edit]

一石六斗 (hiragana いっこくろくと, romaji ikkoku rokuto)

  1. (obsolete) Being surprised twice.
  2. (obsolete) More specifically, describes the appearance of a woman who has a beautiful figure from behind but has an ugly face.

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