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Aku-ji Sen-ri o Hashiru

Last update January 5, 2020


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Bad news runs 4 km.

Aku-ji Sen-ri o Hashiru


Words: 悪事 Aku-ji = a bad thing / 千里 Sen-ri = thousand ri (1 ri = approx. 4 km) / o = accusative joshi particle / 走る Hashiru = run

Pronunciation: [ah-coo-gee seh-n-rhee oh hah-she-roo] 

English Equivalent: Bad news travels fast. / Good news travels slowly and bad news goes fast. / Bad news has wings.

Notes: A bad reputation or rumor travels quickly. For example, when your next door's wife walked out last night, the news is shared by the entire community in the morning.