Word of the day: ostensible
Definition: adj. concealing the real; professed (his ostensible function was that of interpreter).
Synonyms: apparent(a), seeming(a), ostensive
Etymology: F f. med.L ostensibilis f. L ostendere ostens- stretch out to view (as OB-, tendere stretch) (more…)
from Oxford: ostensible
adj. concealing the real; professed (his ostensible function was that of interpreter).
Derivatives: ostensibly adv.
Etymology: F f. med.L ostensibilis f. L ostendere ostens- stretch out to view (as OB-, tendere stretch)
from Wordnet: ostensible
adj 1: appearing as such but not necessarily so; “for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent”; “the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies”; “the ostensible truth of their theories”; “his seeming honesty” [syn: apparent(a), seeming(a)]
2: represented or appearing as such; pretended; “His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity” [syn: ostensive]
Quote of the day: A picture is worth a thousand words. by Napoleon Bonaparte
Birthday of the day: Mimar Sinan; Khoca Mimar Sinan Ağa (Ottoman Turkish: خواجه معمار سنان آغا; Modern Turkish: Mimar Sinan) (c. 1490 – 1588) was the chief Ottoman architect and civil engineer for sultans Suleiman I, Selim II, and Murad III. He was responsible for the construction of more than three hundred major structures, and other more modest projects, such as his Koran schools (sibyan mektebs).
Joke of the day: Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, ‘Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased you can hear again.’ To which the gentleman said, ‘Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I’ve changed my will five times!’
Thought of the day: It’s choice?not chance?that determines your destiny.
Fact of the day: 769 – The Lateran Council condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic rulings.
Biography of the day: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the best-known Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat. He founded the United States’ earliest libraries, including The Library Company of Philadelphia and those found at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, and many others. As a scientist he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation, and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence possible. Franklin was noted for his curiosity, his writings (popular, political and scientific), and his diversity of interests. As a leader of the Enlightenment, he gained the recognition of scientists and intellectuals across Europe. An agent in London before the Revolution, and Minister to France during it, he more than anyone defined the new nation in the minds of Europe. His success in securing French military and financial aid was a great contributor to the American victory over Britain. He invented the lightning rod; he was an early proponent of colonial unity; historians hail him as the ‘First American.’
Article of the day: Andrew Johnson; Andrew Johnson (1808–1875) was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson was elected to the House of Representatives in 1843, became Governor of Tennessee in 1853, and was elected to the Senate in 1857, where he sought passage of the Homestead Bill. As Southern states, including Tennessee, seceded to form the Confederacy, Johnson remained firmly with the Union. As a War Democrat in 1864, he was a logical choice as running mate for President Abraham Lincoln, who wished to send a message of national unity. Johnson was sworn in as vice president in March 1865; six weeks later, the assassination of Lincoln made him president. Johnson directed the seceded states to hold conventions and elections to re-form their civil governments. When Congress passed bills for a more severe Reconstruction, he vetoed them, but Congress overrode him, setting a pattern for the remainder of his presidency. When he tried to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in possible violation of the Tenure of Office Act, he was impeached by the House of Representatives, and narrowly avoided removal from office. Although his ranking has fluctuated over time, he is generally considered among the worst American presidents.
Did you know: a) that right-handed amphetamines are usually 4-10 times more potent psychostimulant drugs than left-handed ones? b) that paramilitary loyalist Tommy Herron declared war on the British Army, but called it off after two days? c) that the Theatre on Terazije is a Broadway-style theatre in Belgrade where the Serbian version of Chicago, Kiss Me, Kate, A Chorus Line and other musicals are performed? d) that Fulcran Vigouroux was the first secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission?