Today’s word: monku
Monku sounds a lot like “monkey,” but it has nothing to do with monkeys. The word means “to complain,” and I most often heard it in sentences like “Monku bakkari!” (All you do is complain!) and “Monku iwanai no!” (Don’t complain!). Man, I must’ve been a real pain in the neck as a kid. (hm, maybe I still am.)
But speaking of monkeys, in looking through the dictionary, I found this great proverb that I do remember someone telling me once: Saru mo ki kara ochiru. It translates literally as “even monkeys fall from trees,” meaning “everyone makes mistakes.” I like this saying.