Ngo Dinh Diem
- 1901–1963, South Vietnamese statesman: president of the Republic of South Vietnam 1956–63.
- by the day; for each day.
- paid by the day.
- a daily allowance, usually for living expenses while traveling in connection with one's work or being employed at a distance from one's home: a per diem for lawmakers while the legislature is in session.
Origin of per diem
- Latin. seize the day; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future.
Examples from the Web for diem
[John F. Kennedy, Jr., exits room] JFK: I was shocked by the death of Diem and Nhu.JFK’s Secret White House Recordings Unveiled
September 25, 2012
Diem first agreed to carry out the changes, but he later reneged, setting off a series of incidents that led to his downfall.
A photo of the incident appeared in newspapers all over the world, putting pressure on the Diem regime to make religious reforms.
Locally, someone… I forget who… from time to time encourages young scholars to carpe the heck out of the diem.David McCullough at Wellesley Commencement: ‘You Are Not Special’ (Video)
The Daily Beast
June 9, 2012
Opportunities are seldom wanting where men incline to make use of diem; especially to one who had been bred as he was to the sea.
Diem noctemque continuare nullum probium, crebr ut inter vinolentos rix, raro conviciis sepius cede et vulneribus transiguntur.Ebrietatis Encomium
Eo anno comes Devoniae, cui jam servierat viginti annos, diem obiit, patre ejus biennio ante defuncto.Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)
Quatuor ut arbitror dies transiisti: ego interea vix unum Moysaicum diem transii.The Oxford Reformers
Paucis post annis Ciceroni diem dixit Clodius tribunus plebis, quod cives Romanos indicta causa necavisset.Selections from Viri Romae
Charles Franois L'Homond
- enjoy the pleasures of the moment, without concern for the future
- every day or by the day
- an allowance for daily expenses, usually those incurred while working
- (as modifier)a per-diem allowance
Word Origin and History for diem
1786, Latin, "enjoy the day," literally "pluck the day (while it is ripe)," an aphorism from Horace ("Odes" I.xi), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)).
Latin for “Seize the day”: take full advantage of present opportunities. This sentiment is found not only in classical literature but in much of English literature as well (see “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” and “Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, Lady, were no crime.”)
Idioms and Phrases with diem
Enjoy the present and don't worry about the future, as in It's a beautiful day, so forget tomorrow's test—carpe diem! Latin for “seize the day,” an aphorism found in the Roman writer Horace's Odes, this phrase has been used in English since the early 1800s.