n.— «The bargains come in grab bags, called fukubukuro, or sacks of fortune. The bags used to be a traditional way for stores to unload unwanted merchandise. But now that more Japanese have money to burn, department stores are turning fukubukuro into a lavish New Year’s event.» —“Too Bad Wobbly S&Ls Can’t Fit Real Estate Into a Pretty Pouch” by Yumiko Ono Wall Street Journal Jan. 5, 1990. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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