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A contraction from the idiom 埒が明かぬ ‎(rachi ga akanu, not get up to speed, not get off the ground, literally the fence doesn't open). akanu is an archaic negative form of the verb 明く ‎(aku, to open, to open up).[1][2]



明かん ‎(hiragana あかん, katakana アカン, romaji akan)

  1. (Kansai) to make little progress; a waste of time
  2. (Kansai) something that is not good, something that is forbidden
     (さけ) ()かん
    sake wa akan
    alcohol is forbidden

Usage notesEdit

Commonly used in western Japan, especially the Kansai dialects.



  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
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