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Carpe diem

Carpe diem is a Latin phrase that is popularly translated as seize the day, meaning make the most of each moment of your life, live life to the fullest. This translation was popularized by the movie The Dead Poets Society. Most Latin scholars translate the phrase carpe diem as pluck the day, it is ripe. The term carpe diem was coined by the Latin poet Horace in his Odes published in 23 BC. The entire phrase is "carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero", which means "pluck the day, trusting as … [Read more...]

Yada yada

Yada yada is an American idiom which describes repetitive, boring or tedious speech. Yada yada is often used as an interjection to comment on the quality of what someone is saying. Yada yada is also used by a speaker to skip over repetitive information and get to the point. While many people believe that yada yada was invented by the writers of the American situation-comedy, Seinfeld, the term is actually a bit older than that. Lenny Bruce, a controversial American comedian active in the 1960s, … [Read more...]

Break a leg

Break a leg is an entertainment idiom that is used to wish someone good luck, especially in a live theater production. There are several theories regarding the origin of this phrase. The most popular theory is that theater casts and crews are superstitious, believing that straightforwardly wishing someone good luck is tempting fate. Another intriguing theory takes into account the archaic meaning of break a leg, which is to curtsy or bow. In this context break a leg would be a wish that an actor … [Read more...]

Worst vs wurst

Worst means the least skilled, the lowest quality, the most severe, the most egregious, the least pleasing, to the least extent. Worst is the superlative of bad, it may be used as an adjective, adverb, verb or noun. Worst comes from the Old English word wyrresta. A wurst is a large sausage, typically made from a German or an Austrian recipe. The word wurst comes from the Old German word wurst, derived from the word wurstiz, which is possibly derived from the word wirren, meaning … [Read more...]

Urban legend and urban myth

An urban legend is a story that is told and retold as a true happening, but is in fact untrue. Urban legends usually reflect the concerns and fears of the current culture, though sometimes they are simply amusing. Often, urban legends are related as something that happened to "a friend of a friend" of the person telling the story, someone who does not actually exist. Most people who relate urban legends do not realize that their story is untrue. Urban legends were first found in print in … [Read more...]

Seam vs seem

A seam is the line along which two fabrics are stitched together. A seam may also describe the place where two edges of any type of material meet or a fissure or scar in the face of some type of material. Finally, a layer of coal or other ore occurring underground is also called a seam. Seam may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are seams, seamed, seaming. The word seam is derived from the Old English word, sēam. Seem means to have the appearance of a certain quality, giving an … [Read more...]

Firefly and lightning bug

A firefly is a nocturnal beetle that is bioluminescent. There are over two thousand species of fireflies, they are found the world ever. The firefly's bioluminescence is in its abdominal organs and is used by the males and females to signal each other during courtship. The substance that allows fireflies to emit their light is called luceferin, the color of this light may be yellow, green or even red. The word firefly appears around the 1650s, the plural form is fireflies. Lightning bug is … [Read more...]

Put one’s best foot forward

Put one's best foot forward means to make the best impression one can, or to get off to a good start. The origin of this phrase is murky. One theory is that to put one's best foot forward refers to starting a journey with your best or strongest foot. Another theory is that the left side was considered the sinister, evil or unlucky side. Therefore, one would start out on the right foot in order to ensure blessings or good luck. Shakespeare wrote: "Nay, but make haste; the better foot before." in … [Read more...]

Antlers vs horns

Antlers are branched bony structures grown by mostly male members of the deer family, though female reindeer or caribou also sport antlers. Antlers appear to grow as a pair, though in fact they sprout from a single bony plate located above the skull. Generally, antlers grow from the spring through the summer. Antlers are covered with velvet while growing, once the antlers have achieved their full potential the velvet dries up and is rubbed off by the deer. In the winter and after mating season … [Read more...]

Silviculture

Silviculture is the science of the cultivation of trees to meet diverse needs. Silviculture is a branch of the science of forestry. Many different silvicultural systems are used to establish and maintain healthy forest growth, including clearcutting, seed-tree, shelterwood and selection. Trees are replenished in various ways, including seeds, seedlings and cuttings. The word silviculture is derived from the Latin word silva meaning wood and the French word culture meaning cultivation. Related … [Read more...]

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