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The Butt of the Joke

What do you think the following term could mean:

尻馬に乗る (しりうまにのる)     buttocks + horse + to ride

a. to ride a horse bareback
b. to ride on someone's coattails
c. to make a fool of someone
d. to play the fool

If you're feeling foggy about the question,...

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December 15: essay 1773 on 丙 (third (in order or quality)), in a change of plan

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Now Out: Essay 1845 on 霧 (fog; mist) and 5 New-Monics

The 280th essay has posted! Essay 1845 on 霧 (fog; mist) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Find out how to refer to fog with different terms, depending on time of day and location, and learn...

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Essay 1845 on 霧 (fog; mist) Is Coming Next

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

December 8: essay 1845 on 霧 (fog; mist)

December 15:...

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Now Out: Essay 1813 on 剖 (to dissect) and 5 New-Monics

The 279th essay has posted! Essay 1813 on 剖 (to dissect) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

This kanji has to do with dissections, autopsies, and the even gorier practice of vivisection (...

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