Today’s word: bisshori
This is my favorite kind of word, and should probably have its own subsection here. This word is an onomatopoeic expression, and there are a lot of colorful and very descriptive ones in Japanese. I particularly think the translations pale in comparison to these words.
Bisshori means “utterly drenched, soaking wet.” On a day like today here, where it is pouring rain, if I had walked to work without an umbrella, I’d be bisshori. The word, to me, sounds like a huge spray of water.
If I forgot my umbrella and walked home soaking wet from school, my mom wouldn’t greet me with a hello, she’d say, “Bisshori!” and then scuttle me off to the bathroom to take off my wet things and put me in a hot bath. Mm, not a bad idea now.