JOK Notebook

Eating Rainbows

A few years ago I read a fascinating article about Oliver Sacks's work with synesthesia. For those with this condition, it's as if sensory cues have crossed wires, enabling people to do things such as hear purple or see the aroma of coffee.

A comment from my proofreader this week seemed to suggest that Japanese people...

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Essay 1982 on 玩 (to play with) Is Now Out

The 148th essay has posted! Essay 1982 on 玩 (to play with; trifle with; fiddle with; take pleasure in; make fun of; relish; cherish) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

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Essay 1373 on 旬 (10-day period) Is Coming Next

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

December 19: Essay 1373 on 旬 (10-day period, season (for specific products))

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JOK Notebook

Repelling Relatives

When was the last time you saw wordplay at the grocery store? I may have encountered some cute product names, but I'm quite certain I've never seen the level of playfulness presented on this packaging. Check it out. Do you see any twists or double entendres?

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On Deck

Essay 1982 on 玩 (to take pleasure in) Is Coming Next

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

December 12: Essay 1982 on 玩 (to take pleasure in; make fun of, play with, trifle with; relish, cherish; fiddle with)

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