Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Bad is the new Good (literally)

Watching a couple of Japanese TV shows, where food is one of the seemingly mandatory elements, you could easily be confused.

There seems to be a big part about the report you give from eating: is the food good, really good or super-duper good? There are various phrases to convey the message that the food is good, and the one that often has me confused is ヤバい ("yabai", for those not able to see Japanese). According to WWWJDIC, it can mean "awful (young persons' slang); terrible; crap", so would that mean that the food tasted bad? No, because it can also mean "terrific (young persons' slang); amazing; cool". Young people can be so contradictory sometimes...

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