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.


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) 🙂