JOK Notebook

Detonation by Contact

Dictionary.com emails me about the Word of the Day, and I was thrilled that the April 16 word may have had a connection to Japanese:

ken:

1. knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception: an idea beyond one's ken
2. range of sight or vision

Here's the example from the email: ...

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On Deck

Essay 1488 on 窃 (to steal) Is Coming Next

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

April 27: essay 1488 on  (to steal; secret)

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 2050 on 狙 (aim) and 5 New-Monics

The 292nd essay has posted! Essay 2050 on 狙 (aim) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Whether you want to talk about aiming a camera or aiming a golf shot, this kanji is for you. It literally...

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JOK Notebook

Deciphering the Indecipherable

Let's start with a quiz. You may know 命 (いのち) as "life," but what do you think it could mean in the last part of this passage about the thickness and thinness of calligraphy strokes:

太いのは、そこで墨継ぎをしたからです。
The thick ones are thick because they're written right after the brush was dipped in ink.

太い (...

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On Deck

Essay 2050 on 狙 (aim) Is Coming Next

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

April 20: essay 2050 on 狙 (aim)

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