28th February 2022

Entanglements

7th February 2022: oojamaflip, n. A thing or (less commonly) person of which the speaker or writer cannot at the moment recall the name, or which he or she is unable to or does not care to specify precisely.

8th February 2022: froideur, n. Coldness of manner; indifference, disdain, reserve.

9th February 2022: chicken finger, n. Usually in plural. A narrow strip of chicken meat, esp. from the breast, coated in breadcrumbs or batter and deep-fried, and typically served with a dipping sauce.

10th February 2022: chopsy, adj. Chiefly in Welsh English. Inclined to talk a lot, especially in a rude, insolent, or belligerent way; loud-mouthed.

11th February 2022: bonze, n. A Buddhist priest or religious teacher. (OLDEST JAPANESE WORD IN OED)

12th February 2022: japchae, n. A Korean dish consisting of cellophane noodles made from sweet potato starch, stir-fried with vegetables and other ingredients, and typically seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil.

13th February 2022: rakeshame, n. A disreputable or dissolute person; a rogue.

Pass the ‘hing-mi, y’know, the oojamaflip. He was ignored, her look pure, passive, froideur. The last chicken finger remained in the bowl with the grease of departed comrades. His fourth beer bottle was almost empty and he was getting chopsy. She looked down at the televsion guide from the paper, and thought, from nowhere, of the word bonze. Such an old word, captured in the great tomes of linguistic conquest. Tomorrow she would poison the japchae. But which bowl?

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