弘法にも筆の誤り

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
こう
Jinmeiyō
ほう > ぼう
Grade: 4
ふで
Grade: 3
あやま
Grade: 6

Etymology[edit]

Phrase consisting of 弘法 ‎(koubou, spreading Buddhist teachings) + ‎(ni, in, locative particle) ‎(mo, even, inclusive particle) + ‎(fude, writing brush) + ‎(no, genitive or possessive particle) + 誤り ‎(ayamari, mistake, the 連用形 ‎(ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 誤る ayamaru, “to make a mistake”): “even when spreading the Buddha's teachings, there are writing mistakes” → even the experts make mistakes.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ko̞ːbo̞ː ni mo̞ ɸɯᵝde̞ no̞ a̠ja̠ma̠ɾi]

Proverb[edit]

弘法にも筆の誤り ‎(hiragana こうぼうにもふでのあやまり, romaji kōbō ni mo fude no ayamari)

  1. even Homer sometimes nods → even the experts make mistakes

See also[edit]