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Now Out: Essay 2086 on 梨 (Pear) and 5 New-Monics

The 339th essay has posted! Essay 2086 on 梨 (pear) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

The Japanese pear is tough and spotted, inspiring fun terms that implicitly compare rough-hewn or polka-dotted entities to this fruit. (For example, a word for "avocado" breaks down as "alligator + pear"!) Moreover, 梨 pops up in words for pear-shaped things. See why this occurs even though a Japanese pear is round. Also find out why 梨園 means something extremely different from "pear garden."

Using the accompanying game on the Character Home Page, you can practice the vocabulary in the essay after reading it. 

Also, Ulrike created the following new-monics (which are free!):

雷 (1888: thunder)
粒 (1900: grain)
涼 (1906: cool)
累 (1917: accumulation)
錬 (1933: to refine or work (metals))


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