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?


  1. Hi!
    Great words today! I haven't heard of any of them. I have four words at my place, Just Books. Have a great day!


  2. I just got this book this weekend and I'm glad to see there's a glossary in it. It's nice to know you learned something from the book too. Thanks for participating.

  3. Great words this week. I love it when they include a glossary!

  4. Sijo sounds like an interesting form of poetry. I'd like to check into that.

  5. Sounds like a great book...and sijo sounds very interesting for poetry!


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