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Zoris and Tabis

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Dexter from San Diego, California, says his family used the word zoris for the footwear other people call flip-flops. In Japan, the word zori refers to a type of footwear made of grass or straw, and English speakers adopted this term in the early 19th century. They’re also called thongs or go-aheads. The Japanese word tabi denotes a kind of sock that can be worn comfortably with zoris because they have a pocket for the big toe. As it happens, a Japanese word for Western-style “sandals” is sandaru, an adaptation of the English word for this shoe. This is part of a complete episode.

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