« Arigato » can be the most famous Japanese words.
Some say « Arigato gozaimasu », the more polite way.
But do you know this word used to have a different meaning?
When something rare, impossible happened, ancient people in Japan believed the power of Gods made this happened, and they would say this message to them;
« Arigatai koto desu. Orei wo moushi age masu. »
「有難い」 consists of 有る(Aru = exist) + 難い(Katai = difficult) makes « rare/impossible to happen »
「お礼を申し上げます」 means « Thank you very much », or more polite way of saying that.
So, this message means « That was rare to happen. Thank you very much. »
As time passed, somehow the second phrase was dismissed, and people just said « Arigatai koto desu« , deriving the meaning the abandoned phrase once hold.
Later, it was abbreviated and here comes « Arigato« .
As it was a word for the Gods, it must…
Voir l’article original 46 mots de plus