In the Midwest, the dandelions have already gone to seed, their fluff floating across the areas where a week earlier the flowers stood tall and bright and yellow, like lions with perfectly arranged manes. Dandy lions. Are there traces of lion or dandy in the dandelion’s name? Yes and no.
In the early 1900s, Anna Jarvis campaigned to make Mother’s Day an official holiday because she wanted to honor her mother after she had passed away and thought others should honor their mothers, present or passed. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs that focused on sanitation. Anna’s petition was finally successful in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday.
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is not Mexico’s independence day, which is celebrated in September, but it is a celebration of freedom. It is a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration honoring the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. Today, it has widened into a celebration of Mexican culture. Cinco de Mayo celebrations often include family and food, music and dancing, and the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white, and red).
Have you properly marveled at how many words of Shakespeare (whose birthday we celebrated this week) are now a part of your everyday English? It’s not just household words that the Bard contributed; he also coined a number of common phrases.
It has and, at this writing, continues to be a tough week in the United States: bombs, chemical explosions, flooding, death, severe injuries, manhunt, evacuation, lockdown. Take a break from the news coverage for a quick doublets word game that goes from a state of frustration and hostility to what the world needs now.
Use the first clue to find the first four-letter word. For the remaining words (also four letters each), find the word that fits the clue and can be created by changing only one letter of the previous word.
Order the flowers, buy the chocolates, pick up the card, make the reservation—the holiday devoted to love gestures is less than a week away. The following word game takes you from a sweet Valentine’s treat to a life commitment in just five steps.
Use the clue to complete the word or phrase; the last part of each word or phrase is the first part of the next.