JOK Notebook

Clinging Like a Koala

It's unusual to find a piece of writing that goes to the core of one's deepest concerns. It's rarer still to find writing that reminds you of what your deepest concerns are and perhaps always have been. But that's what I found—or rather what my proofreader found—while researching this word:

泡沫候補 (ほうまつこうほ: fringe candidate)
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On Deck

Essay 1679 on 粘 (Sticky) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect in coming weeks on Joy o' Kanji:

January 27 or thereabouts: Radical Note 119 on 米 (the "rice" radical)

January 27:...

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Now Out: Essay 1311 on 暫 (Awhile) and 5 New-Monics

The 241st essay has posted! Essay 1311 on 暫 (awhile) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Do you know how to talk about preparing for the worst outcome or selling items at a loss? Can you...

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JOK Notebook

Wit as a Weapon

Welcome back from the holiday break, and Happy New Year!

Or is it not so happy? As we head into a time that feels dark and unappealing, many of us are deeply anxious. When the heart is heavy, it's hard to joke around (or may even seem inappropriate), but I believe it's never been more important to focus on joy and playfulness. For me...

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On Deck

Essay 1311 on 暫 (Awhile) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect in coming weeks on Joy o' Kanji:

January 20: essay 1311 on 暫 (awhile)

January 27 or thereabouts: ...

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