mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
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Poem by Carol Ann Duffy.

Not one for poets laureate, me, but occasionally they hit things out of the ballpark.

Not that I'm one for baseball metaphors either. Musing in my morning float, I was wondering how best to render kimoi in English. It's a truncated 'kimochi warui- the feeling is bad- but you can't say 'it gives me a bad feeling' because I've been assured that 'I have a bad feeling about this' and its variants are now, in the cultural zeitgeist, copyright in perpetuity by George Lucas. And as far as I have a handle on kimoi, it seems to take in both yucky and unheimlich. But I haven't read much colloquial Japanese in years.
Tags: japanese, language, verse
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