語源 J Etymology

言葉の語源 kotoba no gogen - The origin of words:

あいづち responding during conversation

言葉の語源 kotoba no gogen - The origin of words:

あいづち aizuchi [相槌]

Meaning: verbal or non verbal responses of agreement while someone is speaking. (While listening to someone you nod for example)

Hint: Remember the "zu" is づ

あいづちを打つ
aizuchi o utsu

Example: あの人のはなしは面白くなかったけれど、一応あいづちを打ちながら聞いていた。

ano hito no hanashi wa omoshiroku nakatta keredo, ichiou aizuchi o uchinagara kiiteita
That person's story wasn't interesting, but I listened while throwing in the occasional "uh huh" or "yes."

Example: クレイさんは、「そうですね」と相づちを打ちました。
kurei san wa "sou desu ne" to aizuchi o uchimashita.
Clay agreed with a nod of "that's right".

Origin: This word comes from the conversation-like pounding when making swords. Sword makers would use a hammer called つち (槌) to pound the molten metal into the right shape. Several people would take turns pounding in a rhythm as if conversing with each other but without words. From this came the meaning of responding to someone non verbally while speaking.

折り紙つき certified to be good

言葉の語源 kotoba no gogen - The origin of words:

折り紙つき origami tsuki

There is a popular NHK Word game show which showcases the etymology of a word each week. I wanted to start a section on the origins of some words (言葉の語源 kotoba no gogen ) and thought I'd start with today's word:

Meaning: something very nice; certified to be good

Example: このレストランのピザは、折り紙つきのおいしさです。
kono resutoran no piza wa, origami tsuki no oishisa desu.
this-restaurant-'s-pizza-as for-guarantee-'s-tastiness-is.
I guarantee you'll love the pizza in this restaurant.

Origin: It actually has nothing to do with origami. This ' origami ' actually refers to an official document certifying the authenticity of a sword (刀の鑑定書 katana no kan