Pronounced: path-uh-FOE-bee-uh, noun

Notes: So many of the phobia words are oddball that I wasn’t sure… maybe a fear of losing one’s way (path?) – it’s not that. My vocabulary must be improving since the time I added this word to the list… I figured it out this time, but apparently, I didn’t know it. Maybe you do?

Yesterday’s word

The word wushu (also wu shu) is “Chinese martial arts”

Background / Comments

No surprise; this word comes from Chinese (specifically, the Beijing dialect). It is a combination of (military or martial) and shù (art). It was originally the same thing as “kung fu”, but the meanings have diverged a bit: kung fu is more focused on hand-to-hand combat, but modern wushu emphasizes aesthetics and performance. One well-known form of wushu is “tai chi”.

First usage

This word showed up the in 1970s

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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