Great Quote!

“The greatest achievement in life is to have the ability to create
the world around you, so that it matches the dreams in your mind.”

~ Mike Dillard


7 Chinese Loanwords to expand your vocabulary


Feng shui

Feng shui is the Chinese art of creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang, or negative and positive forces in the universe. This term comes from the Chinese words literally meaning “wind” and “water.” Architects and designers have been using the principles of feng shui to help situate buildings and graves and arrange rooms since ancient times, though the word did not enter English until the late 1700s.



Scrabble players are sure to recognize the term qi but are less likely to know its meaning. In Chinese philosophy this term refers to vital energies within all living things in the form of breath and bodily fluids. It’s thought that a balance of qi is essential to maintain good health. It literally translates to “breath” and is believed to be regulated by acupuncture.



Gung-ho was introduced into English in 1942 via US Marine officer Evans F. Carlson, who had previously spent time in China. Carlson used this term, which literally translates to “work together,” to lift the morale of the military men he led. These men were often referred to as the “Gung Ho Battalion.”

Words 4-7 will be up in a following post later! Hope you enjoy!
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TGIF! Here’s your quote of the day…


I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.

Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (born January 31, 1923) didn’t just write novels like The Naked and the Dead—he was also a journalist and one of the founders of The Village Voice.