Word of the day: disdain
Definition: n. scorn; contempt.
Synonyms: contempt, scorn
Etymology: ME f. OF desdeign(ier) ult. f. L dedignari (as DE-, dignari f. dignus worthy) (more…)
from Oxford: disdain
n. & v.
–n. scorn; contempt.
1 regard with disdain.
2 think oneself superior to; reject (disdained his offer; disdained to enter; disdained answering).
Etymology: ME f. OF desdeign(ier) ult. f. L dedignari (as DE-, dignari f. dignus worthy)
from Wordnet: disdain
n 1: lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike [syn: contempt, scorn]
2: a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient [syn: condescension, patronage]
v 1: look down on with disdain; “He despises the people he has to work for”; “The professor scorns the students who don’t catch on immediately” [syn: contemn, despise, scorn]
2: reject with contempt; “She spurned his advances” [syn: reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, turn down]
Quote of the day: Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. by Dean Acheson
Birthday of the day: Tobias Stimmer; Tobias Stimmer (7 April 1539 – 4 January 1584) was a Swiss painter and illustrator. His most famous work is the paintings on the Strasbourg astronomical clock. He died in Strasbourg.
Joke of the day: The manager of a large office asked a new employee to come into his office. ‘What is your name?,’ was the first thing the manager asked. ‘John,’ the new guy replied. The manager scowled. ‘Look, I don’t know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name! It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority,’ he said. ‘I refer to my employees by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?’ The new guy sighed and said, ‘Darling. My name is John Darling.’ The manager said, ‘Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you…’
Thought of the day: Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Fact of the day: 397 – The wearing of barbarian clothing in the City of Rome is banned by the Emperor Honorius.
Biography of the day: Daniel Joseph Boorstin; Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) was a prolific American historian, professor, attorney, and writer. He served as the U.S. Librarian of Congress from 1975 until 1987. Boorstin graduated with highest honors from Harvard, studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned his PhD. at Yale University. He was a lawyer and a university professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years. He also served as director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution. Boorstin wrote more than 20 books, including a trilogy on the American experience and one on world intellectual history. The Americans: The Democratic Experience, the final book in the first trilogy, received the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for History. Boorstin also wrote the books The Discoverers, The Seekers and The Creators, a trilogy of books that attempt to survey the scientific, philosophic and artistic histories of humanity respectively.
Article of the day: I Never Liked You; I Never Liked You is a graphic novel by Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown (pictured). The story first ran between 1991 and 1993 in Brown’s comic book Yummy Fur, and was published in book form in 1994. It deals with the teenage Brown’s introversion and difficulty talking to others, especially members of the opposite sex—including his mother, to whom he is unable to express affection even as she lies dying in the hospital. The story has minimal dialogue and is sparsely narrated. The drawings are amongst the simplest in Brown’s body of work—some pages consist only of a single small panel. The uncomplicated artwork of his friend and fellow Toronto cartoonist Seth inspired him to simplify his own. I Never Liked You was the last work of Brown’s early autobiographical period. The book appeared amid an early-1990s trend in autobiographical alternative comics, and Brown was one of a prominent trio of Toronto-based autobiographical cartoonists, with Seth and Joe Matt. It was well received, and its influence can be found in the work of cartoonists such as Jeffrey Brown, Ariel Schrag and Anders Nilsen.
Did you know: a) that USS Nicholson (pictured) and USS Fanning, a pair of American destroyers built before World War I, are credited with the United States Navy’s first U-boat kill for sinking U-58 on 17 November 1917? b) that George Smith has twice won the John Eales Medal, awarded for the best Wallaby (Australian rugby team pictured), as voted for by his peers in the Rugby Union Players Association? c) that Ira Needles co-founded the University of Waterloo in 1957 with Gerald Hagey, and later served as the university’s second chancellor? d) that the Tiller Ranger Station in southern Oregon served as the administrative headquarters for five different Umpqua National Forest ranger districts?