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government terms

-white paper (白皮书): an official government report

old sayings

-early to bed, early to rise, helps make a person healthy, wealthy and wise.

religious terms

dogma: 1.an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith,morals, behavior, etc., as of a church. Synonyms: doctrine,teachings, set of beliefs, philosophy. 2. a specific tenet or doctrine authoritatively laid down, as by a church: the dogma of the Assumption; the recently defineddogma of papal infallibility. 3. prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true by a particular group: the difficulty of resisting political dogma. 4. a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle: the classic dogma of objectivity in scientific observation. Synonyms: conviction, certainty.

benediction: 1. an utterance of good wishes. 2. the form of blessing pronounced by an officiating minister, as at the close of divine service. 3. a ceremony by which things are set aside for sacred uses, as a church, vestments, or bells. 4. (usually initial capital letter) . Also called Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. a service consisting of prayers, at least one prescribed hymn, censing of the congregation and the Host, and a blessing of the congregation by moving in the form of a cross the ciborium or monstrance containing the Host. 5.

the advantage conferred by blessing; a mercy or benefit.
renegades: 1. a person who deserts a party or cause for another. 2.

an apostate from a religious faith.

Famous quotes

-Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough – Karl Marx

Types of people

hedonist: a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure andself-gratification.

packrat: 1. a collector of miscellaneous useless objects

2. any of several bushy-tailed rodents of the genus Neotoma of western North America; hoards food and other objects

decrepitude: 1. enfeebled by old age; infirm 2. broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated

punctilious: extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.

rueful: 1. causing sorrow or pity; pitiable; deplorable: a rueful plight. 2. feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or pity; mournful; doleful: the rueful look on her face.

packrat: 1. a person who saves things that are not needed or used but that may have personal or other value. 3. Informal. an old prospector or guide.

renegades: 1. a person who deserts a party or cause for another. 2. an apostate from a religious faith.

valiant: 1. boldly courageous 2. worthy; excellent

Random nouns

Admonition: cautionary advice or mild criticism e.g. a grandmother giving an admonition to her grandchild

solidarity: complete unity in a group, as of opinion, purpose, interest, or feeling

amity: bond between two people/ countries that get along well

forbearance: 1. self-control; patient restraint 2. (law) the act by which a creditor extends time for payment of a debt or forgoes for a time the right to enforce legal action on the debt

-political rapprochement: establishing, or esp. a restoring, of harmony and friendly relations

renegade: 1. a person who abandons one religion for another; apostate 2. a person who abandons a party, movement, etc. and goes over to the other side; traitor; turncoat

-give credence to rumours: make more believable

fracas: a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.

lacunas: 1. a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus. 2.

Anatomy . one of the numerous minute cavities in the substance of bone, supposed to contain nucleate cells.

3.

Botany . an air space in the cellular tissue of plants.

rout: dispersal of a defeated force in complete disorder

anathema: 1. a person or thing detested or loathed: That subject is anathema to him. 2.

a person or thing accursed or consigned to damnation or destruction.

3.

a formal ecclesiastical curse involving excommunication.

4. 

any imprecation of divine punishment.

5. 

a curse; execration.-

Expository – The Elderly

-In the HDB Sample Household Survey 2007. findings showed that the majority of seniors (90%) received visits from their married children at least once a month.

-Today’s business strategies and advertising dollars are largely aimed at the young. But the senior population is increasingly affluent and will wield spending power surpassing those of past ageing cohorts.

silver industry