I have seen it from a sentence in an eye drop instruction manual. Here it is.


In my opinion, I translate it as "the very feeling" by referring 「さし」from a source that it is a prefix used to emphasize the following word, in this case is 「心地」. Therefore, the whole word 「さし心地」 would function as stressing the previous one 「気持ちいい」to inform that it will really help making the user feel great after using it.

  • "Unprecedented good feeling, " I think さし心地 is talking about the comfort in "dropping it into your eyeball" because さし can come from sasu... perhaps
    – sova
    May 12, 2016 at 16:19

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"to apply eye drops" = 「[目薬]{めぐすり}を[差]{さ}す」

Thus, 「さし」 in 「さし[心地]{ごこち}」 is the [連用形]{れんようけい} (continuative form) of the verb 「差す」.

(Note that 心地, all by itself, is read ここち, but with a 連用形 in front, it is read ごこち.)

「Verb in [連用形]{れんようけい} (continuative form) + [心地]{ごこち}」

= "degree or level of pleasantness/comfortableness in performing the action describing by the verb"

So, 「([気持]{きも}ちいい)さし心地」 refers to how pleasantly one can apply this particular eye drop.

The form 「~~心地」 is used quite often and here are some examples.

[住]{す}み心地: How comfortable to live in (said of a home or town/area).

[聴]{き}き心地: How pleasant to listen to (said of music or language).

[寝]{ね}心地: How comfortable to sleep in (said of futon or bed).


I think 心地 means nearly "feeling" and ~心地 means "the feeling of doing something"

For example, 着心地(the feeling of wearing it), 触り心地(the feeling of touching it), 履き心地(the feeling which you get on it).

To put eyedrops in one's eye is translated as 目薬をさす in Japanese, so さし心地 means "the feeling of putting eyedrops in your eye".

  • Feeling can be interpreted two ways. Consider 着心地. Is it the type of feeling where it makes me happy/sad because I'm wearing it or the type of feeling where it is itchy/soft? May 12, 2016 at 17:48
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    I think 心地 is one's feeling. One's feeling is different with each person. 心地 is good or bad for the person. And many persons feel good to wear soft cloth, aren't they? But someone may feel bad to wear them. May 12, 2016 at 18:36
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    user3856370: I think 'feeling' here is closer to "itchy/soft", which could categorized as a "sensation", and possibly close to Japanese 感覚.
    – Locksleyu
    May 13, 2016 at 11:47

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