へのへのもへじ

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へのへのもへじ (henohenomoheji): the traditional face drawn using the characters ‎(he), ‎(no), ‎(mo), and ‎(ji).

Etymology[edit]

From the hiragana characters used to draw it.[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Tokyo) のへのもへ [hènóhénómóhéꜜjì] (Nakadaka - [6])[2]
  • (Tokyo) のへのもへじ [hènóhénómóꜜhèjì] (Nakadaka - [5])[2]
  • IPA(key): [hẽ̞no̞hẽ̞no̞mo̞he̞d͡ʑi]

Noun[edit]

へのへのもへじ ‎(romaji henohenomoheji)

  1. a face drawn using the hiragana characters he (へ), no (の), he (へ), no (の), mo (も), he (へ), and ji (じ)
    • 2004, 古野宣雄 (Nobuo Furuno), , ISBN 9784835583525, page 151:
      「家の近くにあった畑の棚にカボチャがなっていて、小さいうちに、へのへのもへじを書いてあくと、大きくなった時、大きな傷になっていて、誰が付けたかすぐ解ってしまって、困ったことあったよネ—」

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Usage notes[edit]

The first two he are the eyebrows, the two no are the eyes, the mo is a nose, and the last he is the mouth. The outline of the face is made by the character shi, with the ear formed by the two short strokes of the dakuten (a diacritic indicating a voiced sound, here turning shi into ji).

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9