Words I Did Not Know Dept.
ascesis noun. ə-'sE-səs. From: late Latin, from Greek askEsis, literally, exercise, from askein.
1: rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint [syn: asceticism]
Found in this discussion of the Rule of Benedict, while looking up required/allowed bathing intervals under early monastic rules.
And now, how to load a reluctant camel onto a ship, and what to do with it once you have it there.
Notice how the camel has been converted from a bactrian to a dromedary in the process.
Scanned from Eric Newby's A Book of Travelers' Tales, purchased not from Amazon, but at Half Price Books in Seattle. Great book. Great bookshop, too bad there aren't any in the Philly area. Thanks to jaylake, Ken Scholes and Stephen Stanley for showing me the place.
括弧 == kakko == (noun)
|The left radical is 'bow' (弓). The right radical is a 'melon', acting phonetically to express 'rounded'. This character originally referred to a particular rounded form of bow, but now means 'bow' in general, and bow-like shapes. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Bow arched as round as melon.'|