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Essay 2127 on 沃 (fertile) Is Coming Next

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

June 5: Essay 2127 on  (fertile; iodine)

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What's New

May 2020 Newsletter Is Out!

The May newsletter "Dawn Always Comes" is now out, catching you up on the latest essays, the newest Radical Note, the mnemonics, and the blog post that came out in May. The newsletter also announces arrivals on Kanji Kaimono and offers this special deal:

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On Deck

May Newsletter Is Coming Next!

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

May 31: May newsletter!

June 5: Essay 2127 on ...

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 1856 on 黙 (silent) and 5 New-Monics

The 374th essay has posted! Essay 1856 on 黙 (silent) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Silence plays a special role in Japanese, where one must often intuit what isn’t said, but that’s just one...
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JOK Notebook

Between the Lines

If you saw the following term, what would you think it meant:

指針 (ししん)     finger, toe; to point to; nominate; instruct + needle

In the breakdown I've temporarily listed all the major meanings of 指, though obviously they don't all apply here. Choose the relevant definitions of the compound...

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