That's the Spirit
I'm always trying to show you just what I love about kanji, but this week that happened in reverse. (How appropriate; I've just written an essay on 遡, which is about going in reverse!)
I received a handwritten letter (a rare pleasure!) from Lonnie Wiig, who edited Crazy for Kanji. ...
Essay 2051 on 遡 (going upstream) Is Coming Next
Here's what you can expect soon on Joy o' Kanji:
September 19: Essay 2051 on 遡 (going upstream; retracing the past)
That represents a change of plan!
Essay 1836 on 抹 (to rub away) Is Now Out
The 138th essay has posted! Essay 1836 on 抹 (to rub away, erase; to paint) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:
Find out everything you've wanted to know about matcha (powdered green...
Measure of a Life
You probably know the common words 時計 (とけい: watch) and 計画 (けいかく: plan). Both include 計, which can mean "plan" and "to compute," also serving as a suffix meaning "measuring instrument."
Henshall breaks down 計 as "words" (言) + "10" (十), initially meaning "to count in 10s" and later coming to mean just...
Essay 1970 on 俺 (I, me (for men)) Is Now Out
The 137th essay has posted! Essay 1970 on 俺 (I, me (for men)) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:
Some sources call 俺 rough, arrogant, vulgar, and disagreeable. Others say it is informal...