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弘法にも筆の誤り

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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
こう
Jinmeiyō
ほう > ぼう
Grade: 4
ふで
Grade: 3
あやま
Grade: 6

EtymologyEdit

Phrase consisting of 弘法 (kōbō, literally, “spreading Buddhist teachings”; in this case, 弘法 (Kōbō) is also the first part of the posthumous name of Kūkai, an important Buddhist monk and one of three famous Heian period calligraphers) + (ni, in, locative particle) (mo, even, inclusive particle) + (fude, writing brush) + (no, genitive or possessive particle) + 誤り (ayamari, mistake, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 誤る ayamaru, “to make a mistake”): “even master calligraphers make mistakes.”

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ko̞ːbo̞ː ɲ̟i mo̞ ɸɯ̟ᵝde̞ no̞ a̠ja̠ma̠ɾi]

ProverbEdit

弘法にも筆の誤り (hiragana こうぼうにもふでのあやまり, rōmaji kōbō ni mo fude no ayamari)

  1. even Homer sometimes nods → even the experts make mistakes

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