お世辞 flattery, kissing up

お世辞

flattery, kissing up



The word:

Closer look at the kanji:

B = Beginner | I = Intermediate
| A = Advanced

お世辞
o se ji

flattery, kissing up

o I believe this o is used to sarcastically give it an honorific feel

se world, generation

ji word, resign (from a post)



ごますり goma suri – means the same as oseji ; kissing up… ; [lit. rubbing seseme] [I]

世界 se kai – the world [B]
辞書 ji sho – dictionary [B]

This is the hand motion which means kissing up.


SUGGESTED USAGE:

世界の支配者と言われると、お世辞でもうれしい。
sekai no shihaisha to iwareru to, oseji demo ureshii.

Call me the dictator of the world and I will be happy, even if its only flattery.

ABOUT SUGGESTED USAGE:

世界 se kai – The world

支配者 shi hai sha – ruler the 者 indicates a person

と言われると to iwareru to – said the first TO quotes the previous line and the second TO connects to the second part of the sentence
でも demo – even if… This is different from the DEMO meaning BUT.
うれしい ureshii – happy


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