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Now Out: Essay 2130 on 藍 (indigo) and 5 New-Monics

The 369th essay has posted! Essay 2130 on 藍 (indigo) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Indigo became important in Japan partly because commoners couldn’t wear silk and instead chose cotton. Farmers’ indigo work togs shaped the creative inclinations of a contemporary dyer who loves to wrestle with indigo’s “persona.” A term for “temple” is inside a word for “pelican,” just as “cabbage” lies inside “kale” and “brussels sprouts.” The essay unravels all of these mysteries.

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

潜 (1497: to dive)
繊 (1500: fiber)
霜 (1529: frost)
贈 (1533: to give a present)
替 (1548: exchange)


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