PRONUNCIATION: (se-POO-koo, SE-puh-koo)

MEANING: noun:
1. Ritual suicide by disembowelment.
2. Ruining one’s own interests.

ETYMOLOGY: From Japanese setsu fuku, from setsu (to cut) + fuku (abdomen), ultimately from Chinese. Earliest documented use: 1871.

NOTES: ...also known as harakiri

SEE-PUKU - what the Tokyo hockey goalie has to do well...

SEP-PUPU - platter of small amounts of several different foods, to order at an Asian restaurant

SEMP-UKU - gallant action by the Imperial Marines