Posted by: retarigan | April 8, 2015

Word Dictionary [080415]

Word of the day: clandestine
Definition: adj. surreptitious, secret.
Synonyms: cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground
Etymology: F clandestin or L clandestinus f. clam secretly (more…)

pronunciation: klænˈdestɪn
from Oxford: clandestine

adj. surreptitious, secret.
Derivatives: clandestinely adv. clandestinity n.
Etymology: F clandestin or L clandestinus f. clam secretly

from Wordnet: clandestine

adj : conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; “clandestine intelligence operations”; “cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines”; “hole-and-corner intrigue”; “secret missions”; “a secret agent”; “secret sales of arms”; “surreptitious mobilization of troops”; “an undercover investigation”; “underground resistance” [syn: cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(p), secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground]

from Wikipedia: clandestine; Clandestine may refer to: Secrecy, the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups, perhaps while sharing it with other individuals Clandestine operation, a secret intelligence or military activity

Quote of the day: Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts. by Arnold Bennett

Peter I of Portugal

Peter I of Portugal

Birthday of the day: Peter I of Portugal; Peter I (Portuguese: Pedro, pronounced [ˈpedɾu]; 19 April 1320 – 18 January 1367), called the Just (Portuguese: o Justiceiro), was the eighth King of Portugal and the Algarve from 1357 until his death. He was the third but only surviving son of Afonso IV of Portugal and his wife, princess Beatrice of Castile.

Joke of the day: Two barbershops were in red-hot competition. One put up a sign advertising haircuts for 7-dollars. His competitor put up one that read, ‘We repair 7-dollars hair cuts.’

Thought of the day: Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Fact of the day: 217 – Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated. He is succeeded by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus.

Biography of the day: Bobby Fischer; Bobby Fischer (9 Mar. 1943-17 Jan. 2008), professional chess player and the eleventh official world chess champion, was born Robert James Fischer in Chicago, Illinois, to a single mother, Regina Wender Fischer. Bobby had an older sister, Joan, who was born to Regina, an American citizen of Polish-Jewish heritage, and then-husband Hans Gerhardt Fischer in 1937 while the couple lived in Moscow. In 1939 Regina and daughter Joan returned to the United States via Paris without Hans Gerhardt, who immigrated to Chile. Bobby’s paternity was uncertain. Though Regina had listed Hans Gerhardt Fischer as the father on the birth certificate, it is now strongly believed that Bobby’s father was Paul Felix Nemenyi, a Hungarian immigrant scientist of Jewish faith whom Regina had met in Colorado in the early 1940s.

Article of the day: Fanny Bullock Workman; Fanny Bullock Workman (1859–1925) was an American geographer, cartographer, explorer, travel writer, and mountaineer, notably in the Himalaya. She was one of the first female professional mountaineers; she not only explored but also wrote about her adventures. She set several women’s altitude records, published eight travel books with her husband, and championed women’s rights and women’s suffrage. Educated in the finest schools available to women, she was introduced to climbing in New Hampshire. She married William Hunter Workman, and traveled the world with him. The couple had two children, but left them in schools and with nurses. Workman saw herself as a New Woman who could equal any man. The Workmans wrote books about each trip and Workman frequently commented on the state of the lives of women that she saw. They explored several glaciers and conquered several mountains of the Himalaya, eventually reaching , a women’s altitude record at the time. Workman became the first woman to lecture at the Sorbonne and the second to speak at the Royal Geographical Society. She received many medals of honor and was recognized as one of the foremost climbers of her day.

Did you know: a) that the Hallaton Helmet may have been owned by a Briton who fought alongside the Romans during their conquest of Britain in AD 43? b) that Queen Lili?uokalani’s song ‘Aloha ?Oe’ was inspired by the tender farewell and fond embrace between Colonel Boyd and one of the young ranch ladies at Maunawili? c) that the 1806 settlement of Chinese in Trinidad was the first organised settlement of Chinese people in the Caribbean, preceding the importation of Chinese-indentured labour by over 40 years? d) that most of Manchester’s Grade I listed buildings are Victorian, because of Manchester’s growth during the Industrial Revolution?



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