Posted by: retarigan | March 15, 2015

Word Dictionary [150315]

Word of the day: ostensible
Definition: adj. concealing the real; professed (his ostensible function was that of interpreter).
Synonyms: apparent(a), seeming(a), ostensive
Etymology: F f. med.L ostensibilis f. L ostendere ostens- stretch out to view (as OB-, tendere stretch) (more…)

pronunciation: ɔsˈtensəbl
from Oxford: ostensible

adj. concealing the real; professed (his ostensible function was that of interpreter).
Derivatives: ostensibly adv.
Etymology: F f. med.L ostensibilis f. L ostendere ostens- stretch out to view (as OB-, tendere stretch)
from Wordnet: ostensible

adj 1: appearing as such but not necessarily so; “for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent”; “the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies”; “the ostensible truth of their theories”; “his seeming honesty” [syn: apparent(a), seeming(a)]
2: represented or appearing as such; pretended; “His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity” [syn: ostensive]

Quote of the day: A picture is worth a thousand words. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Romanos II

Romanos II

Birthday of the day: Romanos II; Romanos (or Romanus) II (Greek: Ρωμανός Β΄, Rōmanos II) (938 – 15 March 963) was a Byzantine emperor. He succeeded his father Constantine VII in 959 at the age of twenty-one, and died suddenly in 963.

Joke of the day: Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, ‘Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased you can hear again.’ To which the gentleman said, ‘Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I’ve changed my will five times!’

Thought of the day: It’s choice?not chance?that determines your destiny.

Fact of the day: 44 BC – Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.

Biography of the day: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the best-known Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat. He founded the United States’ earliest libraries, including The Library Company of Philadelphia and those found at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, and many others. As a scientist he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation, and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence possible. Franklin was noted for his curiosity, his writings (popular, political and scientific), and his diversity of interests. As a leader of the Enlightenment, he gained the recognition of scientists and intellectuals across Europe. An agent in London before the Revolution, and Minister to France during it, he more than anyone defined the new nation in the minds of Europe. His success in securing French military and financial aid was a great contributor to the American victory over Britain. He invented the lightning rod; he was an early proponent of colonial unity; historians hail him as the ‘First American.’

Article of the day: Peru national football team; The Peru national football team has represented Peru in international football since 1927. Organised by the Peruvian Football Federation, it is one of ten members of FIFA’s South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), playing most home matches at the Estadio Nacional in Lima. Peru took part in the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930 and the 1936 Olympic football competition. Goalkeeper Juan Valdivieso and forwards Teodoro Fernández and Alejandro Villanueva led the squad to wins in the 1938 Bolivarian Games and the 1939 Copa América. The team won the Copa América in 1975 and qualified for three World Cups in the 1970s with Hugo Sotil, defender Héctor Chumpitaz, and Teófilo Cubillas, the player often regarded as Peru’s greatest. Peru last qualified for the World Cup in 1982 (team pictured). Players wear white shirts adorned with a red diagonal stripe, Peru’s national colours. This basic design has been used continuously since 1936, and gives rise to the team’s common Spanish nickname, (“the white-and-red”). The team has longstanding rivalries with Chile and Ecuador.

Did you know: a) that right-handed amphetamines are usually 4-10 times more potent psychostimulant drugs than left-handed ones? b) that paramilitary loyalist Tommy Herron declared war on the British Army, but called it off after two days? c) that the Theatre on Terazije is a Broadway-style theatre in Belgrade where the Serbian version of Chicago, Kiss Me, Kate, A Chorus Line and other musicals are performed? d) that Fulcran Vigouroux was the first secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission?



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