Word of the day: pariah
Definition: n. a social outcast.
Synonyms: outcast, castaway, Ishmael
Etymology: Tamil paraiyar pl. of paraiyan hereditary drummer f. parai drum (more…)
from Oxford: pariah
1 a social outcast.
2 hist. a member of a low caste or of no caste in S. India.
Phrases and idioms: pariah-dog = PYE-DOG.
Etymology: Tamil paraiyar pl. of paraiyan hereditary drummer f. parai drum
from Wordnet: pariah
n : a person who is rejected (from society or home) [syn: outcast, castaway, Ishmael]
from Wikipedia: pariah; Pariah (often meaning outcast) may refer to: A member of the Paraiyar caste in south Indian states Pariah state, a country whose behavior does not conform to norms
Quote of the day: All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. by Anatole France
Birthday of the day: Raphael; Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (April 6 or March 28, 1483 – April 6, 1520), better known simply as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, celebrated for the perfection and grace of his paintings and drawings. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.
Joke of the day: Do you believe in life after death?’ the boss asked one of his employees. ‘Yes, sir,’ the clerk replied. ‘That’s good,’ the boss said. ‘After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.’
Thought of the day: The future starts today, not tomorrow.
Fact of the day: 46 BC – Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato in the battle of Thapsus.
Biography of the day: Paul Otlet; Paul Otlet (b. August 23, 1868, Belgium – December 10, 1944) was the founding father of documentation, the field of study now more commonly referred to as information science. He created the Universal Decimal Classification, one of the most prominent examples of faceted classification. Otlet was responsible for the widespread adoption in Europe of the standard American 3×5 inch index card used until recently in most library catalogs around the world, though largely displaced by the advent of online public access catalogs (OPAC). Otlet wrote numerous essays on how to collect and organize the world?s knowledge, culminating in two books, the Trait? de documentation (1934) and Monde: Essai d’universalisme (1935). Otlet, along with his friend and colleague Henri La Fontaine, who won the Nobel Prize in 1913, founded the now-bankrupt Institute International de Bibliography in 1895 which later became in English the International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID). In 1910, following a huge international conference, they created the Union of International Associations, which is still located in Brussels. They also created a great international center called at first Palais Mondial (World Palace), later, the Mundaneum to house the collections and activities of their various organizations and institutes.
Article of the day: Sonic X; Sonic X is a Japanese anime television series created by TMS Entertainment and based on Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog video game series. Sonic X initially ran for 52 episodes, broadcast in Japan from April 6, 2003 to March 28, 2004; a further 26 were aired elsewhere from 2005 to 2006. The show’s American localization was done by 4Kids Entertainment. The plot follows a boy named Chris and a group of anthropomorphic animals from another planet, including Sonic, Tails, Amy, and Cream, who repeatedly scuffle with Dr. Eggman and his robots over the Chaos Emeralds. The final story arc sees the friends return with Chris to their world, where they meet a plant-like creature named Cosmo and fight an army of robots called the Metarex in outer space. Sonic X received mixed reviews; writers criticized its localization and some characters, but were more generous toward its story and aesthetics. Merchandise included an edutainment game for the Leapster, a trading card game, and a comic book series. The phrase “gotta go fast”, the title of the show’s North American theme song, has been a Sonic catchphrase for over a decade.
Did you know: a) that the Italian battleship Caio Duilio was one of the longest-lived World War I dreadnoughts? b) that for his 2004 film Drum, director Zola Maseko received the top prize at FESPACO, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga, in addition to a cash prize of 10 million CFA francs (US$20,000)? c) that the North Umpqua kalmiopsis (pictured) was, for over 50 years, thought to be a form of the floral species Kalmiopsis leachiana? d) that seven Cornish fishermen sailed to Australia in the lugger Mystery in 1854-55, a journey which is being recreated today by the Spirit of Mystery?