明かん

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
あ(かん)
Grade: 2

Etymology[edit]

A contraction from the idiom 埒が明かぬ ‎(rachi ga akanu, get up to speed, get off the ground, literally the fence doesn't open). akanu is an archaic negative form of the verb 明く ‎(aku, to open, to open up).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

明かん ‎(hiragana あかん, romaji akan)

  1. (Kansai) to make little progress; a waste of time
  2. (Kansai) something that is not good, something that is forbidden
     (さけ) ()かん
    sake wa akan
    alcohol is forbidden

Usage notes[edit]

Commonly used in western Japan, especially the Kansai dialects.

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References[edit]

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