JOK Notebook

Breaking at the Waist

Consider the following expression:

話の腰を折る (はなしのこしをおる: to interrupt someone's conversation)

You likely know 話 as "talk," 腰 as "waist," and 折る as "to break" or "to fold," as in 折り紙 (おりがみ: origami). How could these three kanji add up to mean "to interrupt one’s conversation"? It's possible...

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On Deck

Essay 2136 on 呂 (ロ sound) Is Coming Next

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

February 22: essay 2136 on  (ロ sound; articulating speech sounds...

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 2041 on 醒 (to awaken) and 5 New-Monics

The 324th essay has posted! Essay 2041 on 醒 (to awaken) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Whether you awaken from sleep, awaken to reality, or wake up your pineal gland, 醒 is your kanji! It...
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JOK Notebook

In the Beginning

In the beginning you were an egg. Well, anatomically, that's not quite right. You were an egg plus a sperm (if I may speak in such a familiar way about something going on inside your mother). But in the beginning of your professional life, you were just an egg. That's what I learned from this book cover, included in the forthcoming essay 2041 on 醒 (to...

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Six More Essay Revisions Have Posted

I'm in revision mode! Since yesterday I've posted six more essay revisions:

essay 1706 on 髪 (hair on the head)

essay 1777 on 塀 (fence; boundary wall; wall)

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