What is this phrase 「ノリが悪い」? I've seen it in a few places, but I haven't been able to find it in a dictionary yet. I had first thought it meant that "the seaweed was bad".
What is the meaning of this phrase and where does it come from?
I have two phrases with this word:
ノリが悪い人| someone who never joins in
この曲はノリがいい| this song has a good beat
They come from 総まとめ 語彙 N2.
As for origin, I think it might come from expressions close to: 相談に乗る or リズムに乗って踊る (dance to the music)* which have been adopted in similar fashion to arrive at ウケがいい：
若者に受ける映画｜that movie that is very popular among young people =>
ギャグがウケなかった｜the joke did not go down very well =>
(From: 総まとめ 語彙 N1)
But somebody else may have a more firm insight
*Similar expressions I find easy to remember are:
調子に乗っていると 失敗するよ｜You'll fail if you get carried away too much
経済が回復軌道に乗る| "The economy will gets back on recovery track" (lit: back into orbit)
And don't forget the very useful ノリノリ, which basically means ノリが良い. I was at a club once and one of my American friends named Thomas ran out and started dancing like crazy. My Japanese friend turned to me and said, トマス、ノリノリだね。