JOK Notebook

Bewildering Pairs

Let's start with a quiz. Find three pairs of words that intuitively go together:

1. bewilderment        
2. pillow        
3. to sink
4. railroad tie
5. embarrassment 
6. melancholy

I'll block the answers with a fun picture of...

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On Deck

Essay 1938 on 廊 (Corridor) Is Coming Next

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

May 27: essay 1938 on 廊 (corridor; gallery)

May 31:...

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 1942 on 惑 (Bewildered) and 5 New-Monics

The 211th essay has posted! Essay 1942 on 惑 (bewildered; to lead astray) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Whether you're confused, embarrassed, annoyed, doubtful, tempted, or...

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JOK Notebook

Muddy Waters

One of the greatest joys of learning Japanese is seeing how words for concrete images go off in unexpected figurative directions. So it is with muddy waters, which 濁 often represents (in conjunction with other kanji). 

What would you associate muddy waters with, aside from a great blues musician and maybe some...

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On Deck

Essay 1942 on 惑 (Bewildered) Is Coming Next

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

May 20: essay 1942 on 惑 (bewildered; to lead astray)

May 27:...

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