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November 04, 2009

第351話 Excuse me.

 スギ花粉の季節でもないが、先月からクシャミが…。このくしゃみ、人によって個性なのか、さまざま。さあ~今からクシャミをするぞ~と言わんばかりの表情で「ほえーくしょんっ!」とやる人もいれば(これは女性には少ない)、下を向いて押えがちに「クシャン」の人もいる。

 フィリピン人はどちらかと言うと後者だ。これは男性も、だ。ここから先は聞いたわけでもないので勝手な思い込みだが、くしゃみとオナラは同等の恥ずかしいもの、というのが彼らの価値感なのかな、と。「くしゃん」のあとで周囲に人が居ようが居まいが、必ずと言っていいほど続くフレーズが「Excuse me.」なのだ。

 どういうところがどうでもよくて、どういうところにこだわるのか。こういう価値観の切り口からカルチャーの一端は窺い知ることが出来る。個人的には、くしゃみのあとの「Excuse me.」は日本人の控えめな感性にもあっていて、悪くない。

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申し訳ありません。
周りに迷惑かけないで済む時の
私のクシャミは20メートルくらい先まで
飛んでいきそうな勢いでしちゃいます。
遠慮のカケラもありません。

Posted by: nori | November 12, 2009 at 01:51 PM

私も“ホエーックション”のタイプです。これから気をつけます。

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