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scar; trace; mark
Kanji 2012

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Synopsis

Find out how to talk about physical scars, as well as psychological ones, saying for instance that World War II scarred a place. Learn how to say, “The blood on the road must be mine,” “One senses that each era has left its mark on the city,” and “It sank without a trace.” Also discover what fingernail marks have to do with the ravages of nuclear testing and of volcanic explosions.

Revision History:

Aug. 2, 2020: p. 7 sidebar: There were two instances of "just" in the last paragraph, so I deleted one.

July 10, 2020: Originally published.

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Cover of essay 2012 on 痕, titled "Traces of the Past"
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