The Japanese word in question is tsundoku, and it describes the habit of buying more books than we can read (we suffer especially with this).
According to Quartz and Indy 100, Sahoko Ichikawa, a distinguished lecturer in Japanese at Cornell University in the United States, says tsundo means ‘to stack things’ and oku means ‘to leave for a while.’
This is 100% relatable. Many a time have we all entered a bookshop and thought ‘it’s time for some new books and a great new read’, but then spent way too much money, returned home and just left the beautifully bound things on the shelf for an eternity. Sad times. Very sad times.
If only there was a really clever word to sum up the empty feeling you probably have after reading this article. Sensible suggestions are welcome in the comments.
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