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Saturday, March 11, 2023

zabuton

[ za-boo-ton ] [ zæˈbu tɒn ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

noun

a large, flat cushion, used in Japan for sitting or kneeling on the floor.

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What is the origin of zabuton?

Zabuton is borrowed from Japanese and formed from za, “seat,” and -buton, a form related to futon. Za as well as both the fu and ton elements in futon are all derived from Middle Chinese. In modern Mandarin, za has the cognate zuò, “seat,” fu is related to , “cloth,” and ton shares an origin with Mandarin tuán, “ball, circle, mass.” Zabuton was first recorded in English in the late 1880s.

EXAMPLE OF ZABUTON USED IN A SENTENCE

The guests each picked up a zabuton upon entering the room so they could sit around the low table in comfort.

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Io

[ ahy-oh ] [ ˈaɪ oʊ ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

noun

a large volcanically active moon of the planet Jupiter.

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Why the Museum of Science chose Io

To find out, watch this video about Io from science communicator Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D.

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What is the origin of Io?

Io is named after Īṓ, one of Zeus’s mortal lovers in Greek mythology. The name Īṓ, along with many Ancient Greek names, most likely comes from a lost language of the Mediterranean and is of uncertain origin and meaning. German astronomer Simon Marius gave the moon Io its name in the 1610s.

EXAMPLE OF IO USED IN A SENTENCE

Photos from the spacecraft revealed an ongoing eruption on the surface of Io.

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Thursday, March 09, 2023

futtock

[ fuht-uhk ] [ ˈfʌt ək ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

noun

any of a number of timbers forming the lower, more curved portion of the frame in a wooden hull.

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What is the origin of futtock?

Futtock may be an alteration of foothook, the ribs in a boat frame that one could hook one’s foot under for stability while on board. Similarly formed words include baloney from bologna, and cockamamie from the Word of the Day decalcomania. Futtock was first recorded in English around 1610.

EXAMPLE OF FUTTOCK USED IN A SENTENCE

The futtocks creaked and groaned as the boat was tossed about in the stormy sea.

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