他人事

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 3 Grade: 1 Grade: 3

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From 人事(hitogoto), with the irregular spelling 他人(hito) used in place of 人(hito) to avoid confusion with 人事(jinji). Taningoto is the regular, originally non-existent reading.

Noun[edit]

他人事 (hiragana ひとごと, rōmaji hitogoto)

(nonstandard) 他人事 (hiragana たにんごと, rōmaji taningoto)

  1. someone else's concern or problem

Usage notes[edit]

Often used in the form 他人事のよう(hitogoto no yō), meaning to act as if something doesn't concern you, or is not your problem. Similar to "That's none of my business."

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