Tsundoku

Update: the book is going slowly. I’m still stuck on Chapter 6 at the moment but I know it will pick up once I get done moving house and working on classwork. In a month I promise I’ll get serious. For now, enjoy this little fun fact/word.

Tsundoku – (n.) buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands.

Also known as the obsession of buying books. I will admit I suffer (more like revel in) this habit.

“The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読. Tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく. Some wag around the turn of the century swapped out that oku(おく) in tsunde oku for doku (読) – meaning to read. Then since tsunde doku is hard to say, the word got mushed together to form tsundoku.”

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