Posted by: retarigan | March 24, 2015

Word Dictionary [240315]

Word of the day: diligent
Definition: adj. careful and steady in application to one’s work or duties.
Synonyms: persevering
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L diligens assiduous, part. of diligere love, take delight in (as DI-(2), legere choose) (more…)

pronunciation: ˈdɪlɪdʒənt

from Oxford: diligent

1 careful and steady in application to one’s work or duties.
2 showing care and effort.
Derivatives: diligently adv.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L diligens assiduous, part. of diligere love, take delight in (as DI-(2), legere choose)

from Wordnet: diligent

adj 1: quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness; “a diligent (or patient) worker”; “with persevering (or patient) industry she revived the failing business” [syn: persevering]
2: characterized by care and perseverence in carrying out tasks; “a diligent detective investigates all clues”; “a diligent search of the files” [ant: negligent]

Quote of the day: Lost time is never found again. by Benjamin Franklin

Georg Agricola

Georg Agricola

Birthday of the day: Georg Agricola; Georgius Agricola (24 March 1494 – 21 November 1555) was a German scholar and scientist. Known as ‘the father of mineralogy’, he was born at Glauchau in Saxony. His real name was Georg Pawer; Agricola is the Latinised version of his name, Pawer/(Bauer) meaning farmer. He is best known for his book De Re Metallica.

Joke of the day: A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, ‘This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.’ The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, ‘Which do you want, son?’ The boy takes the quarters and leaves. ‘What did I tell you?’ said the barber. ‘That kid never learns!’ Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. ‘Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?’ The boy licked his cone and replied, ‘Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!’

Thought of the day: The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Fact of the day: 1401 – Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus.

Biography of the day: John Kenneth Galbraith; John Kenneth Galbraith (15 Oct. 1908-29 Apr. 2006), economist and author, was born in Iona Station, Ontario, Canada, to Archibald Galbraith and Sarah Catherine Kendall. Galbraith, who advanced and reinterpreted institutionalist and Keynesian traditions in economics while promoting a liberal and progressive political agenda, was arguably the best-known and most influential economist and public intellectual of his generation. He published dozens of books, served in a number of high-level government positions, and, as a faculty member at Harvard University for more than a quarter of a century, advised every Democratic president from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

Article of the day: Isabeau of Bavaria; {{TFAIMAGE|Isabeau de Baviere (detail).jpg|Isabeau of Bavaria, detail from an illuminated miniature from The Book of the Queen, between circa 1410 and circa 1414}} Isabeau of Bavaria (–1435) became the queen of King Charles VI of France in 1385. She was born into the House of Wittelsbach, the eldest daughter of Duke Stephen III of Bavaria-Ingolstadt and Taddea Visconti of Milan. Isabeau was sent to France at age 15 or 16, where the young French king liked her enough to marry her three days after they met. Charles suffered from lifelong progressive mental illness from 1392, and was forced to temporarily withdraw from government. A 1393 masque or masquerade ball for one of Isabeau’s ladies-in-waiting—an event later known as Bal des Ardents—ended in disaster with the King almost burning to death. Although he demanded Isabeau’s removal from his presence during attacks of mental illness, he allowed her to act on his behalf. Charles’ illness created a power vacuum that eventually led to the Armagnac–Burgundian Civil War between the supporters of his brother, Louis of Orléans, and the royal dukes of Burgundy. Isabeau shifted allegiances between the factions, choosing courses she believed most favorable for the heir to the throne. She was present at the signing of the Treaty of Troyes in 1421, and lived in English-occupied Paris until her death in 1435.

Did you know: a) that the children of Vietnamese prostitutes and American servicemembers from the Vietnam War were often forced into prostitution themselves? b) that hatchlings of the Cape Fear Shiner, a critically endangered minnow endemic to central North Carolina, feed off of their egg yolk for five days after they hatch? c) that the National Library of Singapore (pictured), the Seattle Central Library, and Minneapolis Central Library are examples of green libraries, using environmentally conscious designs? d) that Nnamdi Azikiwe was concerned about a possible ‘Pakistan’ emerging in Nigeria?



Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: