Word of the Week: Bokeh

FINALLY, a short respite from French words!

Here’s a Japanese one: bokeh, pronounce boh-KAY.

bokeh (n)
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:

bokeh-photography
“Blue is my color” by Edgar Barany

I invite you to write to me at  viv@mywritinghome.com if you have any word ideas you’d like to share.

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