Basically, I want to know how to talk about the meta properties of a word or phrase while mentioning said word or phrase in the same sentence.

Maybe って is somehow involved, but I don't know even know how to search for the question I'm asking.

For example, maybe I want to say something like:

I don't like the word '料理' (because it is hard to pronounce).


or with a phrase

'まーしょうがない' is a useful phrase.


In spoken form this makes less sense, as I don't know how to specify "the word/phrase". Do I add anything on to the word or phrase to accomplish this? I don't even know where to start.

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    So you know how to say the rest of the sentences?
    – Eddie Kal
    Nov 10, 2021 at 21:10
  • @EddieKal I think the original title made more sense than the current one.
    – A.Ellett
    Nov 10, 2021 at 23:22
  • @A.Ellett Either one makes sense to me just fine. By the way I didn't edit the title, if that's what you mean. OP made the title longer in an edit.
    – Eddie Kal
    Nov 10, 2021 at 23:33
  • @EddieKal My bad. I thought that was your edit.
    – A.Ellett
    Nov 10, 2021 at 23:45
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    @EvanS. Yes, it's great that you did some research and wrote an answer to your own question! And welcome to Japanese SE! Hope you stay in the community!
    – Eddie Kal
    Nov 11, 2021 at 1:31

2 Answers 2


Yes, you can use って, but here って is a contraction of と言う; it can also appear as って言う. Here are some options you can choose from:




The same goes for the other one.


I'm pretty sure I found the answer. I had the idea to search 英語で役立つ言葉, and just look at those articles for examples.

The phrase I was looking for was 「という言葉」.

To answer the first example with this:


Some confirmation would still be nice, but I am quite confident this is it.

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