Nihongo no Kokoro Part 117

Ukeru

ウケる

When something is interesting or amusing, the term “ukeru” is used quite often. It’s very casual and colloquial so young people tend to use it a lot. It was original used to praise popular TV shows or stage performances.

I think the term became more mainstream as more people started using it to express how they feel when something funny happens during a comedy performance that made them laugh.

Be careful, though, as it apparently can also be used when someone doesn’t find something amusing. So if someone says it to you, don’t be too happy yet and check their eyes first. If they don’t reflect any amusement, they are likely being sarcastic. It’s tricky, I know, but when has human communication ever been easy?

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