New words – 10 December 2018

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tsundoku noun [U]
UK /tsʊn.ˈdəʊ.kuː/ US /tsʊn.ˈdoʊ.kuː/
the activity of buying a lot of books that you never have time to read

Strictly speaking, the word doku does mean reading, so tsundoku should probably only be used when discussing literature. But you might not be surprised to know some people have applied the term to other aspects of their lives. In a popular post on Reddit’s community dedicated to books, people discussed how this term could explain their relationship with films, television shows and even clothing.
[, 29 July 2018]

wabi-sabi noun [U]
the Japanese concept of appreciating the beauty in old and imperfect things

As we start to emerge from the cosy cocoon of winter, it’s time to embrace wabi-sabi, the spring interiors trend causing a stir. Wabi-sabi is about embracing a way of living that is authentic, simple and close to nature.
[, 11 January 2018]

kakeibo noun [U]
UK /kæ.ˈkeɪbəʊ/ US /kæ.ˈkeɪ.boʊ/
a Japanese approach to managing your money that involves using a journal to plan and monitor your spending each month

Kakeibo is an analog method of budgeting that’s been used in Japanese households for over 100 years. It combines elements of keeping a money journal, a planner, and a ledger all in one. This creates a system that helps you set, track, and achieve savings goals.
[, 13 June 2018]

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2 thoughts on “New words – 10 December 2018

  1. Arturo Leo

    Working on new words all languajes must look for words with its original languaje roots to maintain its fundation as first goal, before addopting words of other languajes not for selfishness or to forbid leaks, but to hold the spirit of the vocabulary as deriving from the roots or stems that belong to each people’s expressions borned out from their idiosincracy an feelings. If not found an equivalent there is a chance of addopting, not any other way. All languajes are great and should be respected within their purity as much as possible to enrich them with ideas instead of invading them with words.

  2. Adelaide Dupont

    I was wondering why wabi-sabi was not in the Cambridge Dictionary before.

    It is a wonderful aesthetic.

    And I like the budget management strategy too.

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