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Now Out: Essay 1953 on 勾 (hook; curved; arrest) and 6 New-Monics

The 470th essay has posted. Essay 1953 on 勾 (hook; curved; arrest) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Discover why 勾 means both “hook” and “arrest.” Find out about an ancient bead (one of three sacred treasures) that may symbolize anything from a soul to the moon! Learn how the Japanese discuss steep streets and sloped roofs. Read about an important stone wall curved like a crescent moon, and see how that curve prevents the wall from bulging like a pregnant woman’s belly!  

Also, Ulrike has created these new-monics, which are free:

針 (905: needle)
宣 (913: making widely known)
俗 (925: common)
宅 (928: home)
探 (930: to search)
宙 (935: outer space)


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