Posted by: retarigan | March 20, 2015

Word Dictionary [200315]

Word of the day: liaise
Definition: v.intr. (foll. by with, between) colloq. establish cooperation, act as a link.
Synonyms: intercede, mediate, intermediate, arbitrate
Etymology: back-form. f. LIAISON (more…)

pronunciation: lɪˈeɪz
from Oxford: liaise

v.intr. (foll. by with, between) colloq. establish cooperation, act as a link.
Etymology: back-form. f. LIAISON

from Wordnet: liaise

v : act between parties with a view to reconciling differences; “He interceded in the family dispute”;”He mediated a settlement” [syn: intercede, mediate, intermediate, arbitrate]

Quote of the day: Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. by Henry Ward Beecher



Birthday of the day: Ovid; Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – AD 17/18), known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of erotic poetry: Heroides, Amores, and Ars Amatoria. He is also well known for the Metamorphoses, a mythological hexameter poem, the Fasti, about the Roman calendar, and the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto, two collections of poems written in exile on the Black Sea. Ovid was also the author of several smaller pieces, the Remedia Amoris, the Medicamina Faciei Femineae, and the long curse-poem Ibis. He also authored a lost tragedy, Medea. He is considered a master of the elegiac couplet, and is traditionally ranked alongside Virgil and Horace as one of the three canonic poets of Latin literature. The scholar Quintilian considered him the last of the canonical Latin love elegists. His poetry, much imitated during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, decisively influenced European art and literature and remains as one of the most important sources of classical mythology.

Joke of the day: A man asks a trainer in the gym: ‘I want to impress that beautiful girl, which machine can I use?’ The trainer replied; ‘Use the ATM outside the gym!!!’

Thought of the day: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

Fact of the day: 235 – Maximinus Thrax is proclaimed emperor. He is the first foreigner to hold the Roman throne.

Biography of the day: Sir Thomas Bodley; Sir Thomas Bodley (March 2, 1545 – January 28, 1613), was an English diplomat and scholar, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. He determined, he said, ‘to take his farewell of state employments and to set up his staff at the library door in Oxford.’ In 1598 his offer to restore the old library was accepted by the university. Bodley not only used his private fortune in this undertaking, but induced many of his friends to make valuable gifts of books. In 1611 he began its permanent endowment, and at his death, the greater part of his fortune was left to it.

Article of the day: 2001–02 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season; The 2001–02 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season had the earliest named storm since 1992. Eleven tropical storms, two more than average, formed in the basin, which lies west of longitude 90°E and south of the equator. Many storms formed in the north-east portion of the basin, and several more originated around Australia. Tropical systems were present during 73 days, 15 more than average. Tropical cyclones in this basin are monitored by the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in Réunion. The first storm was Andre, which emerged from the Australian basin as Tropical Cyclone Alex in late October, before the conventional storm season began. The strongest storm, Cyclone Hary (pictured), was the first very intense tropical cyclone since 2000; it hit Madagascar, where it caused lighter damage than expected but three deaths. In January, Cyclone Dina left heavy damage in the Mascarene Islands, particularly on Réunion, where it dropped of rainfall. The final storm was Cyclone Kesiny, which killed 33 people when it struck Madagascar amid a political crisis in May, after the conventional storm season had ended.

Did you know: a) that Prussia refused to meet its obligations from the Polish-Prussian alliance of 1790, and instead of aiding Poland during the Polish-Russian War of 1792, helped Russia to quell the Kosciuszko Uprising the following year? b) that the Jablonkow Incident has been named the first commando operation of the Second World War? c) that Chinese Buddhist monk Song Yun and companions traveled to northwest India at the request of Empress Hu during the Northern Wei dynasty? d) that in chemical kinetics, Lindemann mechanisms have been used to model gas phase decomposition reactions?



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