猫舌

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  • ねこじた nekojita

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  • noun
    dislike of very hot food or drink, inability to take hot food

    Cat tongue

    Do you know what having "cat tongue" means in Japanese?

    Cat tongue

    One of the things you notice the first time you go to Japan is the high temperature of some of the foods and how Japanese people seems to not care about something being really really hot.

    As a foreigner you often have to wait a while until the food gets a reasonable temperature so it doesn’t burn your mouth. And this happens even in summer! It’s not uncommon to see, for example, in a restaurant how Japanese people enters, orders, eats and leaves in just few minutes.

    In Japanese, people unable to eat really hot food are called (ねこじた nekojita). It literally means cat’s tongue:

    • (ねこ neko): cat
    • (した shita): tonge

    猫 (cat) + 舌 (tonge) = 猫舌 nekojita: inability to take hot food

    Apparently cats have a very sensitive tongue, so people with sensitive tongues are also called nekojita.

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    • 11 strokes

      cat

    • 6 strokes

      tongue, reed, clapper

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    • Japanese sentence

      私はとても猫舌なんです。 

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      English translation

      I can't eat or drink very hot things.