Posted by: retarigan | March 18, 2015

Word Dictionary [180315]

Word of the day: glossy
Definition: adj. & n. having a shine; smooth.
Synonyms: glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining
Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn. (more…)

pronunciation: ˌɔkjuˈpeɪʃən
from Oxford: occupation

1 what occupies one; a means of passing one’s time.
2 a person’s temporary or regular employment; a business, calling, or pursuit.
3 the act of occupying or state of being occupied.
4 a the act of taking or holding possession of (a country, district, etc.) by military force. b the state or time of this.
5 tenure, occupancy.
6 (attrib.) for the sole use of the occupiers of the land concerned (occupation road).
Etymology: ME f. AF ocupacioun, OF occupation f. L occupatio -onis (as OCCUPY)

from Wordnet: occupation

n 1: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; “he’s not in my line of business” [syn: business, job, line of work, line]
2: the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power [syn: military control]
3: any activity that occupies a person’s attention; “he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game”
4: the act of occupying or taking possession of a building; “occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal” [syn: occupancy, taking possession, moving in]

from Wikipedia: occupation; Occupation may refer to: Job, a regular activity performed for payment, that occupies one’s time Employment, a person under service of another by hire Career, a course through life Profession, a vocation founded upon specialized training Vocation, an occupation to which a person is specially drawn A category in the Standard Occupational Classification System Occupying a space, either through force, by fiat, or by agreement: Military occupation, the martial control of a territory Occupation, a political demonstration Occupancy, use of a building Television series that use this word in their titles: “Occupation”, an episode of the science fiction television series Occupation, a drama about the Iraq War

Quote of the day: Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. by Mother Teresa

John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter

John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter

Birthday of the day: John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter; John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter KG (18 March 1395 – 5 August 1447) was an English nobleman and military commander during the Hundred Years’ War.

Joke of the day: A woman in her eighties made the evening news because she was getting married for the fourth time. The following day she was being interviewed by a local TV station, and the commentator asked about what it felt to be married again at that age and if would she share part of her previous experiences, as it seemed quite unique that her new husband was a ‘funeral director.’ After a short time to think, a smile came to her face and she proudly explained that she had first married a banker when she was in her twenties, in her forties she married a circus ring master, and in her sixties she married a pastor and now in her eighties, a funeral director. The amazed commentator asked her why she had married men with such diverse carriers. With a smile on her face she explained, ‘I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.’

Thought of the day: The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

Fact of the day: 37 – The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius\’s will and proclaims Caligula emperor.

Biography of the day: Lucy Burns; Lucy Burns (28 July 1879-22 Dec. 1966), suffragist and vice chairman of the Congressional Union, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the fourth of eight children of Edward and Ann (Early) Burns. Raised in a close-knit, Irish Catholic family, Burns was fortunate in having a father who believed in education for women and had the means as a bank vice president to provide it. His five daughters attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, the best girls’ school in Brooklyn’s best neighborhood. Tall and sturdy, with blazing red hair, blue eyes, and dimples, Burns was a proficient debater known for her robust sense of humor. In the mock epitaphs for each graduate, the one penned for Burns reflected a personality ‘untamed by Packer’s genteel culture. ‘I ought to have my way in everything, and what’s more, I will too” (Walton, p. 29).

Article of the day: Margaret Bondfield; Margaret Bondfield (1873–1953) was a British Labour politician, trades unionist and women’s rights activist. She became the first female cabinet minister, and the first woman to be a privy counsellor, when she was appointed Minister of Labour in the Labour government of 1929–31. Bondfield was born in humble circumstances and received limited formal education. Beginning as a shopworker in Brighton and London, she was an active trades unionist and held union office from 1898. Bondfield helped to found the Women’s Labour League in 1906, and was chair of the Adult Suffrage Society. She was a socialist rather than a suffragette, which divided her from some factions in the women’s movement. She was first elected to parliament in 1923, and was a junior minister in the Labour government of 1924. Her term in the cabinet was overshadowed by the economic crises that beset the 1929–31 Labour ministry, and her actions in office antagonised many in the Labour Party. She left parliament in 1931, but continued in quiet public service until shortly before her death.

Did you know: a) that Joseph Gutnick, chairman of Great Central Mines, was advised by the Rebbe Menachem Schneerson to go back to the Australian desert and search for ‘gold and diamonds’? b) that Phil Johnson and Cotton Fitzsimmons are the only Sacramento Kings head coaches to have won NBA Coach of the Year? c) that the 6th-century Byzantine official Athanasius was dispatched by Justinian I to Ravenna in 536 and Carthage in 545, and he ended up in prison on both trips? d) that during the German occupation of Norway, Astrid L?ken combined entomological field research with secret photography for the resistance group XU?



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