Posted by: retarigan | March 10, 2015

Word Dictionary [100315]

Word of the day: comport
Definition: v. literary conduct oneself; behave.
Synonyms: behave] [ant: misbehave
Etymology: L comportare (as COM-, portare carry) (more…)

pronunciation: kəmˈpɔ:t
from Oxford: comport

v.refl. literary conduct oneself; behave.
Phrases and idioms:
comport with suit, befit.
Derivatives: comportment n.
Etymology: L comportare (as COM-, portare carry)
from Wordnet: comport

v 1: behave well or properly; “The children must learn to behave” [syn: behave] [ant: misbehave]
2: behave in a certain manner; “She carried herself well”; “he bore himself with dignity”; “They conducted themselves well during these difficult times” [syn: behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, carry]

Quote of the day: A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. by Hedy Lamarr

Vasili II of Russia

Vasili II of Russia

Birthday of the day: Vasili II of Russia; Vasily II Vasiliyevich Tyomniy (Blind) (Василий II Васильевич Тёмный in Russian) (10 March 1415 – 27 March 1462, Moscow) was the Grand Prince of Moscow whose long reign (1425-1462) was plagued by the greatest civil war of Old Russian history.

Joke of the day: A customer comes into a computer store. I’m looking for a mystery adventure game with lots of graphics. You know, something really challenging.? After a while the clerk replied, ‘have you tried Windows Vista?’

Thought of the day: No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.’

Fact of the day: 241 BC – First Punic War: Battle of the Aegates Islands – The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end.

Biography of the day: Orville Freeman; Orville Freeman (9 May 1918-20 Feb. 2003), governor and secretary of agriculture, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Orville Freeman, a retail store owner, and Frances (Schroeder) Freeman. He grew up in Minneapolis and watched his father unsuccessfully struggle to keep his menswear store afloat during the depths of the Depression. With the assistance of federal education funds, he entered the nearby University of Minnesota, where he played football and met not only his future spouse but also his most significant political partner, Hubert H. Humphrey.

Article of the day: Ronnie Lee Gardner; Ronnie Lee Gardner (1961–2010) was an American felon who received the death penalty for murder in 1985 and was executed by a firing squad by the state of Utah. In 1984 he killed a bartender during a robbery in Salt Lake City, and the next year killed an attorney in an unsuccessful escape attempt. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the first murder and received the death penalty for the second. In a series of appeals, defense attorneys presented mitigating evidence of the troubled upbringing of Gardner, who had spent nearly his entire adult life in incarceration. His legal team took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to intervene. His execution at Utah State Prison, the first to be carried out by firing squad in the U.S. in 14 years, became a focus of media attention in June 2010. Gardner stated that he sought this method of execution because of his Mormon background. On the day before his execution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement clarifying its position on the issue of blood atonement of individuals. The case also attracted debate over capital punishment and whether Gardner’s difficult childhood had destined him for a life of violence.

Did you know: a) that Weraroa, a genus of pouch fungi, may represent an intermediate evolutionary stage between underground and above-ground fungi? b) that the Brown mussel Perna perna aggregates in such large amounts that it is able to sink navigational buoys? c) that American football head coach Dick Vermeil coached two NFC championship teams 19 years apart?the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles and the 1999 St. Louis Rams? d) that Mustafa Kemal Atat?rk (pictured), founder of the Republic of Turkey, established the first commercial Turkish winery in 1925?



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