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Our teacher really stands on ceremony, doesn't she? [M]

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higehiru higehiru April 19, 2014 April 19, 2014 at 4:28:21 AM UTC link Permalink

I'm not sure this has the same meaning as the Japanese original. I am unfamiliar with the expression 'stand on ceremony', but the Japanese expression means that someone is 'pig-headed' or obstinate.

I also don't think the other English translation is accurate either, as the Japanese doesn't necessarily imply stupidity - rather someone being too stubborn.

Any thoughts?

sharptoothed sharptoothed April 19, 2014 April 19, 2014 at 9:38:17 AM UTC link Permalink

from Collins dictionary:
stand on ceremony - to insist on or act with excessive formality

I think if someone insists on something we can call him 頭が固い though in this particular case (頭が固い -> stand on ceremony) it maybe not a good choice.

As for [#1762636], I really doubt that 本当に頭が固い can mean "real idiot".