Silly old leg-before-wicket noob question...

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  1. ZedU54

    ZedU54 TPF Noob!

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    ...does anyone know where the term 'bokeh' comes from? :confused:

    ...NB...IMPORTANT--I am NOT asking what bokeh IS (I already know that), just where the word itself comes from (it's just a 'funny-looking' word, especially for someone that hasn't been into photography for all that long)...:scratch:
     
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    I've been wondering for ages as well, it's a strange sounding name... Turns out it's from the Japanese word 'Boke', meaning 'Blur' :) Makes sense really!

    Thanks to Wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh
     
  3. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thats what I had learned many years ago too. They also added the "H" at the end later on, so that it did not rhym with BROKE, and give a negative connotation.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Right. Japanese it is. "Bow-kay" -- sort of.
     
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    Ahhh... Pronunciation is something I was still trying to work out!
     
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    ZedU54 TPF Noob!

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    ...why, thank you, everyone...I guess I should consider studying Japanese?...
     

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