How should the phrase おこの[沙汰]{さた}だ be translated in the following sentence?


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    It looks like the complete phrase 烏滸{おこ}の沙汰{さた} only has its own entry in a few dictionaries, but I was able to find the phrase listed under 烏滸 in all the dictionaries I checked. So maybe start by looking up 烏滸 instead of the whole phrase? – snailcar Sep 27 '15 at 9:26
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    "Crazy decision" or something? – user4092 Sep 27 '15 at 15:15

It means "absurd thing," "absurdity."

  • おこ came from an Old Japanese adjective をこ-なり which means "stupid, absurd." It only survives in set phrases such this one.

    をこなり: Weblio古語辞典: をこなり

  • 沙汰 is a Modern Japanese word, and in this case simply means "thing."

    狂気の沙汰 crazy thing (crazy situation, deed and so on)

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It means: Impertinence, Absurdity

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