Aug 31, 2009

Candor / Candour (Word of the Day, 2009/8/19)

by Grace Lee


►the quality of saying what you think openly and honestly


-- “I don’t trust him,” he said, in a rare moment of candor.

--He talked with unusual candor.

1a. whiteness, brilliance

--The sun poured with a more golden candor.(Christopher Morley)

1b. obs.unstained purity and innocence

--a young prince of valor and candor

2. disposition to open mindednessfreedom free bias, prejudice and maliceFAIRNESS, IMPARTIALITY

--A heavy accusation …from a gentleman of your talents, liberality, and candor.(Noah Webster)

3. archaicKINDLINESS

--candor in pardoning errors

4. unreserved, honest, or sincere expressionFRANKNESS CANDIDNESS

--The candor with which he acknowledged a weakness in his own case.

--Candor and courtesy, the desire to please and perfect openness, are mutually inimical.(W.C. Brownell)


►saying what you think openly and honestly; not hiding your thoughts

--A candid statement /interview

--To be candid, I don't like your hairstyle.

--This is really a candid decision.

►a candid photograph is one that is taken without the person in it knowing that they are being photographed.

►Candid camera


1. white

--A welding blast of candid flame(E.C. Stedman)

2. free from bias, prejudice, or malicemarked by concern for truth and justicefairly disposedDISINTERESTED, FAIR, JUST

--In the back of his candid mind…he knew that ….the charged against him were true.(Irwin Edman)

3. archaicfree from stainCLEAR, PURE

4a. marked by honest sincere expressionuttered or given out as fair and unbiasedfree from expedient reservation and modification

--To tell you my private and candid opinion…I think he’s a man from the other camp.

4b. indicating or suggesting sincere honestly and absence of deception and duplicity

--His candid eyes took on an expression of genuine sympathy.(Archibald Marashell)

4c. performed, expressed, or acknowledged without concealment or reservation

--her eyes burning with a candid excitement(Edith Wharton)

4d. disposed to criticize severelyBLUNT, FORTH-RIGHT

--as a leader…I have never lacked candid critics in my own ranks.(Clement Attlee)

5. relating to photograph or other presentation or recording of subjects acting naturally informally, or spontaneously without being posed, rehearsed, or inhibited

--a candid picture

--a candid microphone interview

--candid camera

a. usu. small camera equipped with a fast lens and used for taking informal photographs of unposed subjects often without their acknowledge

b. a miniature camera

candor (n)

Candidly (adv.) In a candid manner

Candidness (n) the quality or state of being candid

Aug 17, 2009

Amazing Grace (Learning by Singing)

Amazing Grace is a well-known Christian hymn. The melody is believed to be a Scottish folk song in origin. The lyrics were written by John Newton.

John Newton once was a slave trader, until the night of a great storm that tossed his slave ship in the high waters. He began to pray and repented of his sin. He saw the Amazing Grace of God. He turned from his sin of the slave trade and began to walk a life of service to God.

He wrote down many well-known hymns. One of them is “faith’s Review and Expectation”, which came to be known by its opening, “Amazing Grace”. The lyrics tell his story.

Amazing Grace

John Newton (1725-1807)
Amazing Grace1, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch2 like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils3 and snares4
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
And Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion
6 be,
As long as life endures

Yea, when this flesh8 and heart shall fail,
And mortal
9 life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil
A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less
11 days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.

1 grace /ɡres/
►God’s kindness that is shown to people

2 wretch /rɛtʃ/
►Someone that you feel sorry for

3 toil /tɔɪl/
►Hard unpleasant work done over a long period.

4 snare /snɛr/
►= trap

5 secure /sɪkjur/
►To get or achieve something that will be permanent, especially after a lot of effort.

6 portion /porʃən/
►Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you).

7 endure /ɪnˋdjur/
►To remain alive or continue to exist for a long time.

8 flesh /flɛʃ/
►The physical human body, as opposed to the mind or spirit.

9 mortal /ˋmɔrtl/
►Human -- used especially when comparing humans with gods, spirits etc.

10 within tne veil
►The Most Holy Place

11 no less
►Used to emphasize that a person or thing you are talking about is important or impressive.

A newer version of Amazing Grace was sung In the movie Amazing Grace.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found,
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

My chains are gone.
I've been set free.
My God, my Savior12 has ransomed13 me.
And like a flood
14 His mercy15 reigns16.
Unending love, Amazing grace.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be.
As long as life endures.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow.
The sun forbear
17 to shine.
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine.
Will be forever mine.
You are forever mine.

12 savior /ˋsevjɚ/
►Someone who saves you from a difficult or dangerous situation.
12 Savior /ˋsevjɚ/
►Jesus Christ

13 ransom /ˋrænsəm/
►To pay an amount of money so that someone who is being held as a prisoner is set free.

14 flood /flʌd/
►A very large number of things or people that arrive at the same time.

15 mercy /ˋmɝsɪ/
►A disposition to be kind and forgiving.

16 reign /ren/
►If a feeling or quality reigns, it exists strongly for a period of time.

17 forbear /fɔrˋbɛr/
►To not do something you could or would like to do because you think it is wiser not to.

18 below /bəˋlo/
►Refers to the Earth or the ground.

Aug 10, 2009

Stringency (Word of the Day, 2009/8/5)

By Nina Chou

Stringency [noun] / stringencies [pl.]

the quality or state of being stringent; strictness; severity

Stringent [adj.]

Usage Example:

(1) in these days of financial stringency

(2) short-term economic stringencies

(3) Preposition: of


The stringency of the requirements reflects the course’s popularity with applicants rather than its ‘value’ to employers.


Mr. Maclean should not have permitted the MLC advertisements to claim that with the stringency of controls even the remotest perceived risk was avoided.

(4) Converse of object


Other millions must have taken refuge behind the British and American lines, thus increasing the food stringency in our sector.


The colony successfully surmounted the financial stringency caused by the withdrawal of the imperial troops in 1905.

(5) Adjective modifier


We live in a wasteful society at a time of economic stringency.