My cheek didn’t drop, but my jaw did!

Your cheek might drop (photo by Tim Young)

X Your cheek might drop

Tim says:

The English on this package is, of course, written with an intended audience of Japanese people. So this expression probably makes sense to you.

However, to a native-English-speaking audience, it’s complete nonsense. I had never heard the expression 「ほっぺたが落ちるほどうまい」, and I couldn’t understand what this package was trying to say. (It was so puzzling that my jaw dropped — meaning, I found it rather unbelievable!) When it occurred to me to translate it to Japanese and do a Web search, then I understood.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to translate Japanese idioms into English in this way. It could give Japanese the impression that they are common English expressions, leading them to use the expressions with native speakers — and then, not be understood!

O It’s delicious!


Ayumi says:

「ほっぺたが落ちるほど・・・」というのは、美味しいときによく使う表現ですが、このまま英語にしてしまうのは美味しくない (=まずい) でしょう。

Timは、”Your cheek might drop” という英訳を見て、「あごが落ちた」のだそうです。

drop one’s jawは、口をポカンと開けるイメージで驚いたときに使う表現。


だいぶ以前に “It’s just before breakfast.” なんて英語も見たことがあります。

「朝飯前」って日本人ならわかりますが・・・ 英語ならば、It’s a piece of cake. でしょうか。


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