LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN

Oh the Lockdown is adding quite a few words to my dictionary. As we are spending so much time on Internet and social media. Things are becoming viral at a very fast pace. Seriously tell me how many of you had ever heard about the ‘Dalgona Coffee before this, let alone taste it?

And I am sure if you have visited the social media even once during the lockdown you can’t miss this coffee pic. There are challenges being taken and everybody yes almost everybody has made it during the lockdown period. 

What is it? Dalgona coffee is a beverage made by whipping equal proportions of instant coffee, sugar and hot water until it becomes creamy and then adding it to cold or hot milk. Occasionally, it is topped with coffee powder, cocoa, crumbled biscuits, or honey. Seems to have originated from South Korea.

Is it really that amazing to taste? Don’t know yet. Will try to make it soon and share my results. If you have made Dalgona coffee please do share your experience in the comments. Here is a dalgona coffee for you.Another word which we can’t miss during this time is Pandemic. Even though I was familiar with this word, yesterday night I had a long discussion with my son on the exact difference between the word ‘Pandemic‘ and ‘Epidemic‘. The discussion led me to google it. Both the words mean spread of disease but the difference is in the scale or extent of the spread. If the disease is spread over a district or a city it would be called an epidemic. A pandemic disease is an epidemic that has spread over a large area, that is, it’s “prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world.” The WHO more specifically defines a pandemic as “a worldwide spread of a new disease.”

In the hope of searching for a new hobby during the lockdown I came across another new word – ‘Zentangle’. It’s a form of art often confused with doodling or Mandala. But doodling is actually associated with boredom done mindlessly on the side of classroom notes. Whereas Mandala has religious origin.

Zentangle is an abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns. Zentangle provides a simplistic and lighthearted way to unwind from the stress of the day. It hones your focus by drawing you away from agitation through subtle, calming and intricate strokes that lead to wholesome beauty. Here is a zentangle made by me…

FACEBOOK GAMES NOT SO USELESS AFTER ALL!!!

Lockdown or no lockdown we spend a considerable amount of time on social media. Some derive useful information and enhance their knowledge while some use it purely for entertainment purpose. And I fall somewhere in between. And the penchant for entertaining ourselves has gone up a notch higher during this pandemic period because media houses are anyways busy scaring us with numbers and what not. Let’s not talk about that. So as I was pacing up and down my Facebook page I stumbled upon a quiz shared by one of my friend on her page. It was about testing the English vocabulary of a person. And my friend captioned it to be boring. I can understand her saying so as she is a pro at the language. There might be nothing surprising for her in that quiz. So I thought why not check myself and where do I stand in my knowledge of the words.

Now I will be “Succinct” which means straight to the point. This is the first time I came across this word, a good addition to my vocabulary and precisely how we shall be. It will save lot of time and avoid miscommunication arising out of ambiguity.

Well there are innumerable examples to “Corroborate” which means, to support) this statement. For instance a majority of people from political clan especially to the land I belong to are far from being succinct. Rather they “Prevaricate” (talk in a manner to avoid or transgress) more often than not to address the issues. And how clear communication is important for any relationship is a well know fact. Not going to use “Hackneyed” (which means overused) statements here.

To be precise I enjoyed the game very much. And scored well too without the help of Google dictionary😁😉. And I learnt new words that you would see me using me more often now.

Moral of the story: Not every Facebook proposed game is useless 😁.

BE A LITTLE FRENCH

Hey Guys! How are you all? Long time no see. Well, my bad, apologies. So how are you all fairing through this Corona outbreak? I know, I know, it’s tough. Nah, don’t worry, this article is not another tedious and tiresome read about the pandemic. This about a small passion some of us share. The passion for discovering and learning new words.

So how many of you already know the meaning of ‘Deja Vu?’ Alright, many of you already know it, for those who don’t, let me tell you. Deja Vu is a feeling you get when you feel you have already done something before or been to a place before when you haven’t. I get it a lot; it’s pleasant and unnerving at the same time.

But now let me introduce you to something akin yet different. I bet not many of you have heard of the word ‘Jamais vu’.

It is a French word and is an antonym of Deja Vu. It’s the feeling or experience that a person knows or recognizes a situation, but that it still seems very unfamiliar or unknown. A typical example of Jamais vu is when a person momentarily does not remember a word, person, or place that they already know. I have sometimes even forgotten my address while trying to give to delivery boys.

Now, there is one more word from the same family, let me introduce you to the third member too. It is called ‘Presque Vu’. It is the tip of the tongue phenomenon, in which you know that you know something, but can’t quite recall it. It happens so often with movie name and songs.

Let me tell you the etymology of these French words.
‘Vu’ is French and means ‘Seen’, as in deja vu, ‘Deja’ means already seen ‘Before’. In ‘jamais vu’, ‘Jamais’, also French, means ‘Never’, so never seen (before). ‘Presque’ is French for ‘Almost‘, so almost like I’ve seen this before, but not yet, it’s coming…

So, have fun with these words and be a li’l French.

LET YOUR SKIN GET THE BENEFITS OF FEASTING BY FASTING

Here begins another week with some fresh brews from Candles Online!!

It is always a good exercise for the brain to make space for new additions to the existing stockpile of vocabulary (applies to all languages). So, this week we’ll be sharing new English words or phrases or expressions that we (the team of writers) have come across in recent times. It’s a week of learning together as readers and as writers, as in all other weeks of course!

I came across this expression which was a lockdown to-do-suggestion for people (especially ladies) confined to the home space during these Covid-19 times.

Skin fasting

Yes, this is the expression I’m referring to. May be some of you know it already, but it was new for me the first time I came across it.

We normally associate fasting with food, especially for religious purposes across cultures and countries. So, I was intrigued by this expression ‘skin fasting’ and dug up a bit on it. Let me share what it means.

‘Skin fasting’ basically means leaving your skin natural with absolutely no make-up or skin care products on it for some time. No face packs, face masks, exfoliants, moisturizers,  sun screen lotions, Grandma’s beauty essentials or make ups!

What does one achieve by Skin fasting?

Skin fasting helps detoxify the skin and allows the skin to undergo a natural maintenance process sans all the skin care and make-up ‘essentials’ it has become dependent on overtime. It makes sense to allow the skin to breathe, after all don’t our nostrils ache for fresh air in the midst of air pollution! So does the skin.

Do not clog the pores of your skin by layers of chemical (or organic) beautifiers for a week (or more) as you spend time indoors (for those of you who actually are) and treat your skin to a week of skin fasting.

I believe it’ll help you know your health as well. Many times we mask our looks to appear presentable, but shut our ears to the calls of the body either to drink more water or to add some essential nutrients to our diet or even to give up some dietary inclusions.

Taking care of the skin that God has blessed us with is very important, rather than merely looking for ways to beautify it.

Let’s do it!

Let me know in the Comments section if you knew this expression already or it’s a new introduction for you as it has been for me (at least I’ll know how much or less à la mode I am) 🙂