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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wondrous Word Wednesday
Wondrous Word Wednesaday is weekly meme hosted by Bermuda Onion where you share new words and their meanings that you have come across in your reading. I just finished The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim. I was sure glad the book had a glossary.
1.yangban- aristocratic class, or an aristocat, through heredity
"She's the yangban calligrapher's daughter." (pg. 15)
2.Hangeul- Korean vernacular language and writing.
"They say they will teach them hanguel, Korean, even if they cover Japanese grammar first." (pg. 17)
3.sijo- classic Korean form of poetry consisting of 3 lines, each with fourteen to sixteen syllables, with the middle line the longest. The first line presents the theme or idea, the second line develops, challenges or counters it, and the third line resolves the poem, sometimes with a surprise ending.
Midful of Pahk's misfortune, he dusted his collection of sijo and other poetry, classical essays and history books. (pg. 80)
The definitions are from the glossary in the book. I sure learned many Korean names and words reading this book. What words did you run across this week?