Posted by: retarigan | April 18, 2015

Word Dictionary [180415]

Word of the day: glossy
Definition: adj. & n. having a shine; smooth.
Synonyms: glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining
Etymology: 16th c.: orig. unkn. (more…)

pronunciation: ˈɡlɔsɪ

from Oxford: glossy

adj. & n.
–adj. (glossier, glossiest)
1 having a shine; smooth.
2 (of paper etc.) smooth and shiny.
3 (of a magazine etc.) printed on such paper.
–n. (pl. -ies) colloq.
1 a glossy magazine.
2 a photograph with a glossy surface.
Derivatives: glossily adv. glossiness n.

from Wordnet: glossy

adj 1: having a smooth, gleaming surface; “glossy auburn hair”; “satiny gardenia petals”; “sleek black fur”; “silken eyelashes”; “silky skin”; “a silklike fabric”; “slick seals and otters” [syn: satin(a), satiny, sleek, silken, silky, silklike, slick]
2: (of paper and fabric and leather) having a surface made smooth and glossy especially by pressing between rollers; “calendered paper”; “a dress of glossy sateen” [syn: calendered]
3: reflecting light; “glistening bodies of swimmers”; “the horse’s glossy coat”; “lustrous auburn hair”; “saw the moon like a shiny dime on a deep blue velvet carpet”; “shining white enamel” [syn: glistening, lustrous, sheeny, shiny, shining]

Quote of the day: Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. by Mother Teresa

Thomas Middleton

Thomas Middleton

Birthday of the day: Thomas Middleton; Thomas Middleton (18 April 1580 – 1627) was an English Jacobean playwright and poet. Middleton stands with John Fletcher and Ben Jonson as among the most successful and prolific of playwrights who wrote their best plays during the Jacobean period. He was one of the few Renaissance dramatists to achieve equal success in comedy and tragedy. Also a prolific writer of masques and pageants, he remains one of the most noteworthy and distinctive of Jacobean dramatists.

Joke of the day: A woman in her eighties made the evening news because she was getting married for the fourth time. The following day she was being interviewed by a local TV station, and the commentator asked about what it felt to be married again at that age and if would she share part of her previous experiences, as it seemed quite unique that her new husband was a ‘funeral director.’ After a short time to think, a smile came to her face and she proudly explained that she had first married a banker when she was in her twenties, in her forties she married a circus ring master, and in her sixties she married a pastor and now in her eighties, a funeral director. The amazed commentator asked her why she had married men with such diverse carriers. With a smile on her face she explained, ‘I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.’

Thought of the day: The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

Fact of the day: 796 – King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered in Corbridge by a group led by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. The patrician Osbald is placed on the throne, but is within 27 days abdicated.

Biography of the day: Lucy Burns; Lucy Burns (28 July 1879-22 Dec. 1966), suffragist and vice chairman of the Congressional Union, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the fourth of eight children of Edward and Ann (Early) Burns. Raised in a close-knit, Irish Catholic family, Burns was fortunate in having a father who believed in education for women and had the means as a bank vice president to provide it. His five daughters attended Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, the best girls’ school in Brooklyn’s best neighborhood. Tall and sturdy, with blazing red hair, blue eyes, and dimples, Burns was a proficient debater known for her robust sense of humor. In the mock epitaphs for each graduate, the one penned for Burns reflected a personality ‘untamed by Packer’s genteel culture. ‘I ought to have my way in everything, and what’s more, I will too” (Walton, p. 29).

Article of the day: Hurricane Erika; Hurricane Erika was the strongest and longest-lasting tropical cyclone in the 1997 Atlantic hurricane season. It developed from a tropical wave on September 3 and moved west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Passing just north of the Lesser Antilles, it carried a cloud of volcanic ash to Antigua from the eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano on Montserrat. Strong waves from the hurricane produced beach erosion and coastal flooding in northern Puerto Rico, and caused the death of two surfers. Moderate wind gusts in the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico left thousands of residents without power, and did $10 million in damage in the U.S. Caribbean territories. The hurricane was pushed to the north by an approaching trough, then quickly strengthened to become the only major hurricane of the season, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (205 km/h). It weakened as it passed over cooler waters, and finally became an extratropical cyclone after passing near the Azores archipelago. The months of August and September produced only this one Atlantic tropical cyclone; that had not happened since 1929.

Did you know: a) that Joseph Gutnick, chairman of Great Central Mines, was advised by the Rebbe Menachem Schneerson to go back to the Australian desert and search for ‘gold and diamonds’? b) that Phil Johnson and Cotton Fitzsimmons are the only Sacramento Kings head coaches to have won NBA Coach of the Year? c) that the 6th-century Byzantine official Athanasius was dispatched by Justinian I to Ravenna in 536 and Carthage in 545, and he ended up in prison on both trips? d) that during the German occupation of Norway, Astrid L?ken combined entomological field research with secret photography for the resistance group XU?



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