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Cold and water? 冷や水

PaulTB

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I came across this Japanese blog
年寄りの冷や水

年寄りの冷や水
定年退職者が感じることを書き残す

"Cold drinking water of an elderly person". :mad:

I suspect there's some nuance to 冷や水 that I'm not aware of ...
 

epigene

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Hi,

"Toshiyori no hiyamizu" is literally "cold water (drunk or bathed) by an aged person." It refers to something that an old person shouldn't be doing--because it might cause heart attack, illness, strain, etc.

Old people use it as a self-derogatory term and expression of humility.

HTH! :)
 

PaulTB

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Thanks a lot both of you.

... darn it was in my dictionary too. :p

Once I'd found 冷や水 I didn't think to check for the whole phrase.
 
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