English: Buddhist statues in Guangxiao Temple (Bright Filial Piety Temple) in Guangzhou, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
: filial \FIL-ee-ul\ adjective
1 : of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter 2 : having or assuming the relation of a child or offspring
Margaret’s sense of filial responsibility is only part of her motivation for carrying on her parents’ business; she also loves the work.
“Confucianism, which emphasizes filial piety, has been the bedrock of Korean society for hundreds of years and, historically, older citizens would rely on their children to take care of them.” — From an article by Audrey Yoo in Time, March 25, 2013
Did you know?
“Filial” is descended from Latin “filius,” meaning “son,” and “filia,” meaning “daughter,” and in English (where it has been used since at least the 14th century) it has always applied to both sexes. The word has long carried the dutiful sense “owed to a parent by a child,” as found in such phrases as “filial respect” and “filial piety.” These days it can also be used more generally for any emotion or behavior of a child to a parent. You might suspect that “filia” is also the source of the word “filly,” meaning “a young female horse” or “a young girl,” but it isn’t. Rather, “filly” is from Old Norse “fylja.”
Studies show that broccoli may help in the prevention of cancer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Food Tip Like coleslaw with cabbage? Expand your cancer-fighting-veggies repertoire with our delicious Broccoli Slaw.
Did you know that eating just three to five servings of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli each week may help ward off cancer? According to Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, RD, CSSD, director of wellness coaching at the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, the heating process can destroy some of broccoli’s cancer-fighting compounds, so you may want to eat your broccoli raw rather than cooked. Our super-easy, anytime Broccoli Slaw is a refreshing way to bulk up on the powerhouse veggie. Made with olive oil, vinegar, honey and raisins, it’s the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
muliebrity \myoo-lee-EB-ruh-tee\ noun
“She was one of those women who are wanting in—what is the word?—muliebrity.” — From H. G. Wells’ 1911 novel New Machiavelli
“She is a motherly figure, but altogether unlike his mother, motherly in a way that allows too for muliebrity.” — From Michael Griffith’s 2012 book Bibliophilia: A Novella and Stories
Did you know?
“Muliebrity” has been used in English to suggest the distinguishing character or qualities of a woman or of womankind since the 16th century. (Its masculine counterpart, “virility,” entered the language at about the same time.) “Muliebrity” comes from Latin “mulier,” meaning “woman,” and probably is a cognate of Latin “mollis,” meaning “soft.” “Mollis” is also the source of the English verb “mollify”—a word that implies a “softening” of hurt feelings or anger.
English: Picture Of Ortho Tri-Cyclen oral contraceptives with Ortho Dialpak dispensers (photo taken by self). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Misc Tip Birth control benefits: Using hormonal birth control longer may help you stay sharp later in life.
Can the hormones found in certain kinds of birth control (e.g., birth control pills, injections, the patch, etc.) help women stay mentally sharp longer? That’s what preliminary evidence suggests. In a recent study of 261 women, ages 40 to 65, who were enrolled in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention, researchers found a direct correlation between the length of time on hormone-based contraception and performance on both visuospatial tests — which measure how you analyze and understand the world around you — and speed/flexibility tests. Subjects were divided into four groups: More than 15 years on hormonal birth control, 5 to 15 years, fewer than 5 years, and never. Women who used hormone-based contraception for more than 15 years did better on the tests than all the other groups, according to the study published in the Journal of Women’s Health. If you are thinking about this approach, learn the pros and cons from your doctor, and ask about taking an aspirin a day with half a glass of warm water before and after to reduce the clotting risk from hormonal therapy.
Litmus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
litmus test \LIT-mus-TEST\ noun
: a test in which a single factor (as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive
For Curtis, the litmus test of good barbeque ribs is whether or not they have that moist fall-off-the-bone quality.
“The students who are following the discussion often look uncomfortable at this point, and the moment serves as a litmus test to see who really is paying attention.” — From an article by Dolores T. Puterbaugh in USA Today, November 2012
Did you know?
It was in the 14th century that scientists discovered that litmus, a mixture of colored organic compounds obtained from lichen, turns red in acid solutions and blue in alkaline solutions and, thus, can be used as an acid-base indicator. Six centuries later, people began using “litmus test” figuratively. It can now refer to any single factor that establishes the true character of something or causes it to be assigned to one category or another. Often it refers to something (such as an opinion about a political or moral issue) that can be used to make a judgment about whether someone or something is acceptable or not.
Caterwaul & Doggerel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
: caterwaul \KAT-er-wawl\ verb
1 : to make a harsh cry 2 : to protest or complain noisily
The toddler caterwauled loudly when her toy was taken away.
“Stockton’s leaders clearly calculated that at this point they have little to lose by shortchanging bondholders—its credit rating is already so low that it’d have a hard time financing a used Hyundai with $5,000 down—and that while creditors may sue, complain, and caterwaul, they do not get to vote.” — From an article by Kevin D. Williamson in National Review, April 3, 2013
Did you know?
An angry (or amorous) cat can make a lot of noise. As long ago as the mid-1300s, English speakers were using “caterwaul” for the act of voicing feline passions. The “cater” part is, of course, connected to the cat, but scholars disagree about whether it traces to Middle Dutch “cāter,” meaning “tomcat,” or if it is really just “cat” with an “-er” added. The “waul” is probably imitative in origin; it represents the feline howl itself. English’s first “caterwaul” was a verb focused on feline vocalizations, but by the 1600s it was also being used for noisy people or things. By the 1700s it had become a noun naming any sound as loud and grating as a tomcat’s yowl.
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Skin Cancer: Recognition and Management (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: CORONADO, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Mannino examines a Sailor using a dermatascope and magnifying loops during a skin cancer screening at Naval Special Warfare medical clinic at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado. More than 70 Sailors in special warfare commands were screened for skin cancer during the event. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominique M. Lasco/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Body Tip Be smart about skin cancer: Perform a self-check every year on a day you’ll remember — your birthday!
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) wants families to make a head-to-toe skin cancer self-exam an annual tradition. And what better day to do it than your birthday? Here’s a little mnemonic to remember what you’re looking for: Check moles and spots for your ABCDEs. During your self-exam, you should look for moles or pigmented spots that are Asymmetric, have an irregularly shaped Border, have varied Colors, measure a Diameter of more than six millimeters, or are Evolving (a mole or lesion that looks different from the rest, or one that has changed). It’s important to check yourself (and elder family members) every year for skin changes that look suspicious. The AAD offers a body mole map to help you keep track of any changes. Always be sure to visit a dermatologist if you have any concerns.