|Kanji in this term|
A contraction from the idiom 埒が明かぬ (rachi ga akanu, “get up to speed, get off the ground”). akanu is an archaic negative form of the verb 明く (aku, “to open, to open up”).
明かん (hiragana あかん, romaji akan)
- to make little progress; a waste of time
- something that is not good, something that is forbidden
Commonly used in the Kansai dialects.
- いけない (いけない, ikenai): "doesn't go, cannot go" → inappropriate
- ならない (ならない, naranai): "doesn't become" → unbecoming, inappropriate
- 駄目 (だめ, dame): no good, bad, stop, don't