A useful word

July 23 2014


積ん読 (hiragana つんどく, romaji tsundoku)


(informal) leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books


積む (tsumu, to pile up) + 読 (doku, to read), punning on 積んでおく (tsundeoku, to leave piled up)

Via Wiktionary.

3 Responses to “A useful word”

  1. rwmg Says:

    I remember coming across this word a few months ago and being told that it was a recent coinage as a Japanese equivalent for TBR (to-be-read) on websites for enthusiastic readers.

    • davidderrick Says:

      “To be read” lists in browsers are just sources of guilt. Unread books in a library are the whole point of the library and give it its excitement and potency. Or so I tell myself.

  2. davidderrick Says:

    Straight-faced or deadpan admissions of one’s inadequacies are very much part of Japanese humour. Nothing could be more deadpan than this word.

    And having a word meaning “to leave piled up” itself seems Japanese.

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