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to embrace; hold in arms; hug; harbor (e.g., grudge, suspicion); have sex
Kanji 1794

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Synopsis

Discover key differences between two verbs written as 抱く. Learn about grudges and sitting on eggs and what connects these things. Read about (not) hugging in Japan, an odd translation of a Beatles song title, bundling products, armfuls of things, caretaking, patience, ambition, and being saddled with work. See how one book title sounds dull in English but erotic in Japanese.

Revision history:

May 22, 2015: On p. 19, I had defined ドジ (blunder) and 話 (はなし: story) separately. Now I've fixed it so that the vocabulary list under that sentence includes ドジ話 (ドジばなし: story of a blunder).

Apr. 25, 2014: Originally published.

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isnorden's picture
A character for my favorite thing (hugging) having off-color overtones? I bet whoever dubs _The Simpsons_ into Japanese has fun with Marge's euphemistic "snuggle" references.
 
eve's picture
Ha! Great point! Thanks for the fun comment!
 

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