Many a true word is spoken in jest.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #305



今回のフレーズは「Many a true word is spoken in jest.」です。

「Many a true word is spoken in jest.」は、直訳すると「冗談の中に多くの真実が語られる」となりますが、実際には「冗談にはよく真実が含まれる」「冗談は本音であることが多い」などの意味になります。


例えば、冗談が本当だったときに、「You know, many a true word is spoken in jest.(冗談の中に真実が含まれていることが多いよね)」と言うことができます。また、冗談の中に真実があった場合に、She laughed at his comment, not realizing that many a true word is spoken in jest.(彼女は彼のコメントに笑ったが、その冗談の中に真実があることに気付かずにいた)」と言うこともできます。

「Many a true word is spoken in jest.」の由来は、14世紀のイギリスにまでさかのぼり、ジェフリー・チョーサー『カンタベリー物語』で初めて使用されました。この表現は、人々が日常の会話の中で、冗談を通じて真実を伝えることが多いという認識に基づいています。

まとめると、「Many a true word is spoken in jest.」は、文字通り「冗談の中に多くの真実が語られる」という意味ですが、冗談が本音や真実を含んでいることを示すイディオムです。このフレーズを使うことで、軽い言葉や冗談の中にも重要な真実が含まれている状況を表現することができます。

この「Many a true word is spoken in jest.」を使って、冗談やふざけた言葉の中に真実が含まれている場面で活用してみてください。

Many a true word is spoken in jest.


その他の英語フレーズ一覧 [開く]

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.