言わん方無し

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
かた
Grade: 2

Grade: 4
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

/ipan kata nasi/ → /iɸan kata nasi/ → /iwan kata nasi/. iwan is a contraction of iwamu, from the verb 言う (iu, to say) in 未然形 (irrealis) form (iwa) plus the subjective particle (mu).

Alternative forms[edit]

Idiom[edit]

()わん(かた)() (iwan kata nashiいはんかたなし (ifankatanasi)?

  1. there are no words to describe it
    • 1008-1010: Murasaki Shikibu Nikki
      秋のけはひ入たつままに、土御門殿の有さま、いはむ方なくをかし。
      (please add an English translation of this usage example)
    • 1832-33: Shunshoku Umegoyomi (volume 1)
      [...]人品賎しからねども、薄命なる人なりけん、貧苦にせまる其うへに、此ほど病の床にふし、不自由いわん方もなき、容体もときの吉不詳[...]
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References[edit]

  • Hasegawa, Masaharu; Yūichirō Imanishi, Hiroshi Itō, Hiroshi Yoshioka, Shin Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 24: Tosa Nikki, Kagerō Nikki, Murasaki Shikibu Nikki, Sarashina Nikki, Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, 1989, →ISBN
  • Nakamura, Yukihiko, Nihon Koten Bungaku Taikei 64: Shunshoku Umegoyomi, Tōkyō: Iwanami Shoten, 1968, →ISBN