Calzephyr (calzephyr77) wrote in 1word1day,
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Friday Phrase: Arigata-meiwaku

We have all experienced arigata-meiwaku, or unwelcome kindness. It expresses the sort of "I know you were just trying to help" feeling when someone does you a favour that you didn't want them to do. Maybe it even creates more trouble and stress for you, but you still have to express gratitude.

I found this nifty phrase on Twitter, where others chimed in that there is a similar European concept called bear's favour--Björntjänst (Sweden) or Bärendienst (German)--based on a fable where a bear accidentally kills his friend while trying to swat a fly on his head.
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