“Cuckoo”の意味と使い方 Bizmates初級ビジネス英会話 Point 187

Cuckoo ってどういう意味?

Cuckoo は「正気じゃない」や「頭がおかしい」、「変人」という意味になります。語源は、鳥のカッコウが単調な鳴き声で一日中鳴き続けることではないかと言われています。


Cuckoo ってどういう場面で使うの?


A: Todd works until midnight everyday. Weekends too! He says he likes it!
B: He’s cuckoo.

A: トッドは毎日、真夜中まで働くんです。週末も含めて!しかもそういう働き方が好きなんですって!
B: 正気じゃないですね。

Crazyと同じ意味の表現には他にも “out of his mind” や “completely nuts” などがありますが、”cuckoo”と表現すると、ちょっとかわいく聞こえますね。


Cuckoo の自然な使い方を動画で学ぶ

こちらの動画で、発音や、会話の中での自然な使い方を、Bizmatesのプレゼンター Justinが解説します。


Hello, everyone and welcome to this

week's Bizmates for Beginners. And for

our video lesson this week, everyone, we

are going to learn the expression "cuckoo"

and it's a pretty interesting and

funny sounding word, so let's find out

how to use it and what it means, but

first let's do a quick review of last week's class.

Okay, everyone, so imagine this situation:

The boss said we won't

get bonuses this year! Is everyone okay?

And of course everyone is really

upset, everyone's really angry. So how do

you respond, everyone? You've got five

seconds, okay? Go.

Alright, time is up. If you said

"No. Everyone is up in arms" then

good job, and thanks for remembering last week's expression.

OK, so moving on to "cuckoo."
This is what I sometimes hear:

OK, I'm talking to my colleague, Taro

and in our section, there's a guy named

Todd. And Todd is a really, really hard

worker. He loves work, okay? So I say:

Taro, you know Todd? Todd works until midnight

every day! Weekends too! He says he likes it!

And Taro, he's really surprised,

so he says: Really, weekends too! He is a

crazy man! And yes, I agree anybody that

can work until twelve o'clock every day --

and weekends too -- yeah, is definitely a

little bit crazy. But although this

expression is okay, a more unique or more

colorful way to say this is... that's right.

He's cuckoo! OK, so anybody that's crazy,

whose head really maybe isn't in the

right spot or in the right place, okay?

They're cuckoo. Alright, so the pronunciation is

very simple, okay, it's "koo-koo" but be

careful it's written C-U-C-K... so

some people might be inclined to say

"kuh-koo" okay? But the pronunciation is

"koo-koo," okay? Alright, everyone so please

repeat after me: He's cuckoo. Your turn.

Alright, very good! OK, now after me:

So Todd works until midnight every day!

Weekends too! He says he likes it!

That's right. He's definitely a little bit

cuckoo, I think. But I mean of course

working hard isn't such a bad thing, but

you know if you can do that for such a

long time and no break, yeah that is a

little bit crazy -- a little bit cuckoo, right?

OK, so hopefully all of you don't

need to work that hard, but please

remember this for next week, okay?

Alright, so our bonus question, everyone

this week is another way to say: "Rest"

I think Todd maybe needs to take a rest

too. Okay, but if you know how to say this

in a more natural way, leave it in the

comments below; I'll get back to you.

If you don't know, see if you can find the

answer in one of our previous Bizmates

for Beginners video lessons, okay?

Alright, everyone that is it for me this week,

thank you so much for watching. Enjoy

your weekend and I'm looking forward to

seeing you next Friday. See you later.