Ii Kimi and Ii Zama (「いい気味」と「いい様」)

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Jan 14, 2018 20:52 English essay
The Japanese adjective いい (ii) usually means "good" or "nice," but it sometimes implies the reverse and converys irony.

The Japanese term いい迷惑 (ii meiwaku) that I introduced you yesterday is one of the example.

There are other terms that use ironic "ii" -- for example, they're いい気味 (ii kimi) and いい様 (ii zama).

"Kimi" means "feeling" and "zama/sama" means "figure," so the literal meaning of "ii kimi" and "ii zama" are "good feeling" and "good figure," respectively.

However, actually "ii kimi" implies someone's failure or misfortune, and "ii zama" implies someone's stupid/disgraceful figure.

日本語の「いい」は、基本的に "good" や "nice" を意味しますが、特定の単語の前に付くことで反語的に用いられることがあります。



「気味」は "feeling," 「様」は "figure" を意味するので、「いい気味」と「いい様」の文字通りの意味はそれぞれ "good feeling" や "good figure" となります。