In the haiku from Bashō,




The last line, 亭主ぶり, is translated as "kind host" by one source. Does ぶり actually mean "kind" in this context?

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Adjectives come before the noun, so "ぶり" could not mean "kind" in this context. Some other possible translations are:

  • According to http://nihongo.j-talk.com/, "ぶり" translates to a species of butterfly.
  • "-ぶり" is also a suffix meaning way, attitude, or manner, so "亭主ぶり" could mean "husband-like manner", or "host-like manner".

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