Word of the day: compete
Definition: v.intr. (often foll. by with, against a person, for a thing) strive for superiority or supremacy (competed with his brother; compete against the Russians; compete for the victory).
Synonyms: vie, contend
Etymology: L competere competit-, in late sense ‘strive after or contend for (something)’ (as COM-, petere seek) (more…)
from Oxford: compete
1 (often foll. by with, against a person, for a thing) strive for superiority or supremacy (competed with his brother; compete against the Russians; compete for the victory).
2 (often foll. by in) take part (in a contest etc.) (competed in the hurdles).
Etymology: L competere competit-, in late sense ‘strive after or contend for (something)’ (as COM-, petere seek)
from Wordnet: compete
v : compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others [syn: vie, contend]
Quote of the day: A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. by Honore de Balzac
Birthday of the day: Johann Adam Reinken; Johann Adam (Jan Adams, Jean Adam) Reincken (Reinken, Reinkinck, Reincke, Reinicke, Reinike) (baptized 10 December? 1643 – 24 November 1722) was a Dutch/German organist and composer. He was one of the most important German composers of the 17th century, a friend of Dieterich Buxtehude and a major influence on Johann Sebastian Bach, however, very few works of his survive to this day.
Joke of the day: A guy goes to a girl’s house for the first time, and she shows him into the living room. She excuses herself to go to the kitchen to make them a few drinks, and as he’s standing there alone, he notices a cute little vase on the mantel. He picks it up, and as he’s looking at it, she walks back in. He says ‘What’s this?’ She says, ‘Oh, my father’s ashes are in there.’ He goes, ‘Geez…oooh….I…’ She says, ‘Yeah, he’s too lazy to go to the kitchen to get an ashtray when he smokes.’
Thought of the day: Plausible impossibilities should be preferred to unconvincing possibilities.
Fact of the day: 33 BC – Lucius Marcius Philippus, step-brother to the future emperor Augustus, celebrates a triumph for his victories while serving as governor in one of the provinces of Hispania.
Biography of the day: Melvil Dewey; Melvil Dewey (December 10, 1851-December 26, 1931) was the inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system for library classification. In 1883 he became librarian of Columbia College, and in the following year founded the Columbia School of Library Economy, the first-ever institution organized for the instruction of librarians. This school, which was very successful, was removed to Albany, New York in 1890, where it was reestablished as the New York State Library School under his direction. From 1888 to 1906, he was director of the New York State Library and from 1888 to 1900 was secretary of the University of the State of New York, completely reorganizing the state library and making it one of the most efficient in America, as well as establishing the system of state traveling libraries and picture collections. In 1890 he helped to found the first state library association – the New York Library Association (NYLA) – and he was its first president, from 1890-1892.
Article of the day: Wish You Were Here; Wish You Were Here (1975) is the ninth studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd (pictured), recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios. Some of its songs critique the music business; others express alienation. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is a tribute to Syd Barrett, whose mental breakdown had forced him to leave the group several years earlier; it was lead writer Roger Waters’ idea to split the song into two parts and use it to bookend the other songs on the album. As on their previous album, The Dark Side of the Moon, the band made use of studio effects and synthesizers, and brought in guest singers for some tracks, including Roy Harper for the lead vocals on “Have a Cigar”. The album became an instant commercial success, and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and appears on Rolling Stones list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Band members Richard Wright and David Gilmour have each cited Wish You Were Here as their favourite Pink Floyd album.
Did you know: a) that the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary (pictured) is the largest Catholic church in Russia? b) that current Wesleyan football coach Mike Whalen led the Williams College ‘Ephs’ to four consecutive Little Three football championships and a undefeated record against Wesleyan? c) that Neville Wigram, 2nd Baron Wigram survived the Dunkirk evacuation because the soap dish he was carrying in his military backpack stopped a bullet that would have hit him in the back? d) that Irish rugby captain Brian O’Driscoll (pictured) has scored more tries against France than any other country?