頭にくる Part 3

Here’s a quick Japanese lesson –

頭にくる [atama ni kuru] is an expression used to denote anger, aggravation or annoyance. It focuses on the moment or occurrence of anger and is often used in reference to an event or situation. It is used the way English speakers use the expression ‘ticks me off’ or ‘pisses me off’, so if for example, you wanted to say “Dr. Martin forgot about this morning’s 10 o’clock lecture so now they’re doing it at 11?! Man, that really ticks me off! I had plans to study…”, in Japanese, it’d be something like this:

Martin先生が今朝の10時の講義を忘れたので11時にする?!もう、本当に頭にくる!勉強する予定があったのに…

<<Martinsensei ga kesa no jûji no kôgi o wasureta no de jûichiji ni suru?! Mô, hônto ni atama ni kuru! Benkyô suru yotei ga atta no ni…>>

Literally, the expression translates as ‘comes to [my] head’. I love Japanese phrases and figures of speech. There’s another one for anger, 腹が立つ [hara ga tatsu], which literally translates as ‘[my] stomach stands up’. Haven’t you ever been so mad that your stomach just stood up? Anyway, I was thinking about the former expression, both literally and figuratively, because of the things that came to my head today.

First, was it National Couples Day on Dominica? I couldn’t believe how many hand-holding moon-eyed pairs I saw skipping around campus today. Aren’t we at med school? Don’t we not have time for that stuff? Weren’t we supposed to sever all ties and live chaste, celibate, studious lives until residency (because according to tv, that’s when newly minted doctors make up for missed time)? I’ll be the first to forswear the flesh and flirtation but it’s not fair if I’m the only one who does. Am I the only person making that sacrifice?

Second, perhaps it’s just fear of the upcoming exam getting to me but it seems like everyone else is on top of things and has their brains packed full of knowledge while I’m still struggling to cram things in. I was being quizzed by a classmate today who seemed to know everything inside out while I was fumbling with retrovirus life cycles and which viruses have replicase and which have reverse transcriptase, stuff I thought I knew. Am I not studying correctly? I’ve still got a week to review so maybe I’ll somehow manage to make it all stick but what if I don’t?

What I really need to do is top concerning myself with what everyone else is doing and focus on the task at hand – the complete annihilation of Mini I. Back to the books!

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