Posted by: retarigan | March 8, 2015

Word Dictionary [080315]

Word of the day: clandestine
Definition: adj. surreptitious, secret.
Synonyms: cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground
Etymology: F clandestin or L clandestinus f. clam secretly (more…)

pronunciation: klænˈdestɪn
from Oxford: clandestine

adj. surreptitious, secret.
Derivatives: clandestinely adv. clandestinity n.
Etymology: F clandestin or L clandestinus f. clam secretly
from Wordnet: clandestine

adj : conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; “clandestine intelligence operations”; “cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines”; “hole-and-corner intrigue”; “secret missions”; “a secret agent”; “secret sales of arms”; “surreptitious mobilization of troops”; “an undercover investigation”; “underground resistance” [syn: cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(p), secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground]

from Wikipedia: clandestine; Clandestine may refer to: Secrecy, the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups, perhaps while sharing it with other individuals Clandestine operation, a secret intelligence or military activity

Quote of the day: Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. by Arnold Bennett

Birthday of the day: John III, Duke of Brittany; John III the Good (in Breton Yann III, in French Jean III) (8 March 1286 – 30 April 1341) was duke of Brittany, from 1312 to his death. He was son of Duke Arthur II and Mary of Limoges, his first wife.

Joke of the day: Two barbershops were in red-hot competition. One put up a sign advertising haircuts for 7-dollars. His competitor put up one that read, ‘We repair 7-dollars hair cuts.’

Thought of the day: Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Fact of the day: 1010 – Ferdowsi completes his epic poem Shahnameh.

Biography of the day: Bobby Fischer; Bobby Fischer (9 Mar. 1943-17 Jan. 2008), professional chess player and the eleventh official world chess champion, was born Robert James Fischer in Chicago, Illinois, to a single mother, Regina Wender Fischer. Bobby had an older sister, Joan, who was born to Regina, an American citizen of Polish-Jewish heritage, and then-husband Hans Gerhardt Fischer in 1937 while the couple lived in Moscow. In 1939 Regina and daughter Joan returned to the United States via Paris without Hans Gerhardt, who immigrated to Chile. Bobby’s paternity was uncertain. Though Regina had listed Hans Gerhardt Fischer as the father on the birth certificate, it is now strongly believed that Bobby’s father was Paul Felix Nemenyi, a Hungarian immigrant scientist of Jewish faith whom Regina had met in Colorado in the early 1940s.

Article of the day: Lost Luggage; Lost Luggage is an action video game developed and released in 1982 for the Atari 2600 by the Texas-based studio Games by Apollo. The player controls skycap porters working at an airport and tries to collect pieces of luggage that fall from a frantic overhead luggage carousel. A two-player mode, in which the second player controls the direction the luggage falls, is included. Programmer Ed Salvo was inspired to begin making Lost Luggage when he was waiting for his luggage at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and the game took around four weeks to make. A four-minute advertising jingle was recorded for the game, but never used. Most reviewers criticized the game’s similarity to the Activision game Kaboom!, believing Lost Luggage to be an inferior clone, but a reviewer for the magazine TV Gamer recommended the game for children, and Videogaming Illustrated described the game as the most charming of Apollo’s releases. Soon after Lost Luggages release, Apollo filed for bankruptcy and closed.

Did you know: a) that the Hallaton Helmet may have been owned by a Briton who fought alongside the Romans during their conquest of Britain in AD 43? b) that Queen Lili?uokalani’s song ‘Aloha ?Oe’ was inspired by the tender farewell and fond embrace between Colonel Boyd and one of the young ranch ladies at Maunawili? c) that the 1806 settlement of Chinese in Trinidad was the first organised settlement of Chinese people in the Caribbean, preceding the importation of Chinese-indentured labour by over 40 years? d) that most of Manchester’s Grade I listed buildings are Victorian, because of Manchester’s growth during the Industrial Revolution?



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