Posted by: retarigan | October 24, 2013

Word Dictionary [241013]

Word of the day: diligent
Definition: adj. careful and steady in application to one’s work or duties.
Synonyms: persevering
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L diligens assiduous, part. of diligere love, take delight in (as DI-(2), legere choose) (more…)

pronunciation: ˈdɪlɪdʒənt

from Oxford: diligent

1 careful and steady in application to one’s work or duties.
2 showing care and effort.
Derivatives: diligently adv.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L diligens assiduous, part. of diligere love, take delight in (as DI-(2), legere choose)

from Wordnet: diligent

adj 1: quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness; “a diligent (or patient) worker”; “with persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing business” [syn: persevering]
2: characterized by care and perseverence in carrying out tasks; “a diligent detective investigates all clues”; “a diligent search of the files” [ant: negligent]

Quote of the day: Lost time is never found again. by Benjamin Franklin

Birthday of the day: David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay; David Stewart (24 October 1378 – 26 March 1402, at Falkland Palace, Fife, Scotland) was the heir to the throne of Scotland from 1390 and the first Duke of Rothesay from 1398. He also held the titles of Earl of Atholl (1398–1402) and of Earl of Carrick (1378–1402).

Joke of the day: A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, ‘This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.’ The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, ‘Which do you want, son?’ The boy takes the quarters and leaves. ‘What did I tell you?’ said the barber. ‘That kid never learns!’ Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. ‘Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?’ The boy licked his cone and replied, ‘Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!’

Thought of the day: The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Fact of the day: 69 – Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeat the forces of Emperor Vitellius.

Biography of the day: John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith (15 Oct. 1908-29 Apr. 2006), economist and author, was born in Iona Station, Ontario, Canada, to Archibald Galbraith and Sarah Catherine Kendall. Galbraith, who advanced and reinterpreted institutionalist and Keynesian traditions in economics while promoting a liberal and progressive political agenda, was arguably the best-known and most influential economist and public intellectual of his generation. He published dozens of books, served in a number of high-level government positions, and, as a faculty member at Harvard University for more than a quarter of a century, advised every Democratic president from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

Article of the day: Battle of Goliad; The Battle of Goliad was the second skirmish of the Texas Revolution. Early on , rebellious Texas settlers attacked the Mexican Army soldiers garrisoned at Presidio La Bahía (pictured), a fort near the Mexican Texas settlement of Goliad. It was halfway between the Mexican garrison at San Antonio de Béxar and the major port of Copano. Texians were plotting to kidnap Mexican General Martín Perfecto de Cos, who was en route to Goliad, although they knew before their arrival that he had departed for San Antonio de Béxar. The garrison at La Bahía was understaffed and could not mount an effective defense of the perimeter. Using axes borrowed from townspeople, the Texians chopped through a door and entered the complex before the bulk of the soldiers were aware of their presence. After a 30-minute battle, the Mexican garrison surrendered. The majority of the Mexican soldiers were instructed to leave Texas, and the Texians confiscated $10,000 worth of provisions and several cannons, later used in the Siege of Béxar. The victory isolated Cos’s men in Béxar from the coast, forcing them to rely on a long overland march to request or receive reinforcements or supplies.

Did you know: a) that the children of Vietnamese prostitutes and American servicemembers from the Vietnam War were often forced into prostitution themselves? b) that hatchlings of the Cape Fear Shiner, a critically endangered minnow endemic to central North Carolina, feed off of their egg yolk for five days after they hatch? c) that the National Library of Singapore (pictured), the Seattle Central Library, and Minneapolis Central Library are examples of green libraries, using environmentally conscious designs? d) that Nnamdi Azikiwe was concerned about a possible ‘Pakistan’ emerging in Nigeria?



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