MEANING: noun: The blurred effect in a photograph, typically as a soft out-of-focus background, that results in a pleasing effect and helps to draw attention to the subject of the photograph.

ETYMOLOGY: From Japanese boke (blur, haze) or boke-aji (blur quality). Earliest documented use: 1997.

BOKEN - with "HO!," a greeting uttered upon arrival at a city in New Jersey

BOKETH - past tense of the old third-person-singular form of the verb meaning "to ride on a two-wheeled vehicle"

BOKEN - how a two-year-old just learning to speak describes something that doesn't work right any more