FINALLY, a short respite from French words!
Here’s a Japanese one: bokeh, pronounce boh-KAY.
the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens
Interestingly, the word is derived from the verb, bokeru, which has various meanings: to go senile, to be out of it, and, within the photographic context, to blur.
Here’s an example of bokeh—maple leaves in all its beauty:
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- Our previous “Word of the Week”: Trompe L’oeil
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