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Wondrous Words Wednesday

January 24, 2018

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found several unfamiliar words in PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee.

1. fusty – “At the station, there were young men in fancy Western suits that made Isak’s clothing look dated and fusty and beautiful women wearing glorious kimonos that would have made Dokhee swoon with pleasure at their exceptional colors and embroidery.”

I love this word!  In this case, fusty means old-fashioned in attitude or style.


2. yukata – “She returned, wearing a red yukata.”

A yukata is a light, cotton kimono.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2018 6:27 am

    My very nice yukata that I bought in Japan met a scary end: I set the droopy sleeve on fire when I brushed it across a hot stove burner! Luckily I doused the flames before it burned my arm (or worse)!

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  2. January 24, 2018 9:48 am

    I thought I knew fusty…but I was wrong!

  3. January 24, 2018 11:05 am

    I’ve always liked the word “fusty” … my maternal grandmother was a bit fusty.

  4. January 24, 2018 11:55 am

    I should have known fusty but I didn’t know it or yukata.

  5. January 24, 2018 1:31 pm

    I like fusty too. I can easily add that to my everyday vocabulary. Thanks Kathy.

  6. Patty permalink
    January 24, 2018 3:16 pm

    I am almost positive that I am the proud owner of a yukata!

  7. January 24, 2018 5:43 pm

    I’ve heard fusty used before but yukata is totally new to me!

  8. January 25, 2018 5:41 am

    I like both words. Are you reading a Japanese novel?

  9. January 25, 2018 10:44 am

    I like “fusty.”

  10. January 25, 2018 7:16 pm

    Yukata is new to me! I hope to remember it.

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