Nihongo no Kokoro Part 127



“Hiyoru” is something we say when we don’t want to fix things and would rather decide based on situation. The origin came from the word sun (hi), as fishermen would decide whether or not to go out to sea depending on (ni yoru) the weather.

These days, though, young people have appropriated it and use it as way to call people out on their cowardice. They apparently found that the “hiyo” part reminded them of a chick (hiyoko) and so “hiyoru” can now also mean “to chicken out”.

Whether it means the first thing or the other, I think I’d rather to live in a “hiyoranai1” sort of way.

  1. -nai is a suffix added to verbs to turn them negative