Modest things you say do double-duty: they make you look humble but they also cause people to respect you more for being so modest.
Along with Sonkeigo, Kenjougo is half of Japanese formal speech: When talking to your superiors, you use kenjougo to refer to your own humble actions.
modest - this is a word you use about others. "She's got a very modest attitude."
other modesty ★★☆☆☆
To downplay your own skills in front of others. You don't ever say "I 謙遜-ed." or "He 謙遜-ed." or "She's really 謙遜-ish."
Normally it's only used like : "Please don't 謙遜. We both know you're rad," or "He declined the offer out of modesty."
|KICK IN THE NUTS
You say eww because GIRLS are gross.
But you are modest when you TALK to them,
because young ladies will KICK YOU IN THE NUTS.