JOK Notebook

Wet Bones

What do you think you get from wet bones? That is, 滑 breaks down as 氵(water) + 骨 (bone). What about dem bones? Here are your choices:

a. mortar
b. plaster
c. sliding
d. dissolving

I'll block the answer with a photo of bones (or at least of the bone kanji).

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On Deck

Essay 1977 on 崖 (cliff) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect after a short Joy o' Kanji vacation:

September 30: The September newsletter and the launch of Kanji Kaimono, a store where you'll be able to buy all manner of goods with kanji on the surface!

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What's New

Essay 2051 on 遡 (going upstream) Is Now Out

The 139th essay has posted! Essay 2051 on遡 (going upstream; retracing the past) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn to say that a temple dates back to the 9th century and that a...

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JOK Notebook

That's the Spirit

I'm always trying to show you just what I love about kanji, but this week that happened in reverse. (How appropriate; I've just written an essay on 遡, which is about going in reverse!) 

I received a handwritten letter (a rare pleasure!) from Lonnie Wiig, who edited Crazy for Kanji. ...

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On Deck

Essay 2051 on 遡 (going upstream) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect soon on Joy o' Kanji:

September 19: Essay 2051 on 遡 (going upstream; retracing the past)

That represents a change of plan! 

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