Posted by: retarigan | April 29, 2015

Word Dictionary [290415]

Word of the day: circumspect
Definition: adj. wary, cautious; taking everything into account.
Synonyms: discreet
Etymology: ME f. L circumspicere circumspect- (as CIRCUM-, specere spect- look) (more…)

pronunciation: ˈsə:kəmspekt

from Oxford: circumspect

adj. wary, cautious; taking everything into account.
Derivatives: circumspection n. circumspectly adv.
Etymology: ME f. L circumspicere circumspect- (as CIRCUM-, specere spect- look)

from Wordnet: circumspect
adj: heedful of potential consequences; “circumspect actions”; “physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use”; “a discreet investor” [syn: discreet]

Quote of the day: A friend doesn’t go on a diet because you are fat. by Erma Bombeck

James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde

James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde

Birthday of the day: James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde; James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde KG KT (29 April 1665 – 16 November 1745) was an Irish statesman and soldier. He was the third of the Kilcash branch of the family to inherit the earldom of Ormonde. Like his grandfather the 1st Duke, he was raised as a Protestant, unlike his extended family who held to the old religion.

Joke of the day: A couple is in bed sleeping when there’s a rat-a-tat-tat on the door. The husband rolls over and looks at the clock, and it’s half past 3 in the morning. ‘I’m not getting out of bed at this time,’ he thinks, and rolls over. Then, a louder knock follows. So he drags himself out of bed, goes downstairs, opens the door, and there’s a man standing there. It didn’t take the homeowner long to realize the man was drunk. ‘Hi there,’ slurs the stranger, ‘Can you give me a push?’ ‘No, get lost. It’s half past three and I was in bed,’ says the man as he slams the door. He goes back up to bed and tell his wife what happened and she says, ‘That wasn’t very nice of you. Remember that night we broke down in the pouring rain on the way to pick the kids up from the baby-sitter and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? What would have happened if he’d told us to get lost?’ ‘But the guy was drunk,’ says the husband. ‘It doesn’t matter,’ says the wife.’ He needs our help and it would be the Christian thing to help him.’ So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, and not being able to see the stranger anywhere, He shouts, ‘Hey, do you still want a push?’ And he hears a voice cry out, ‘Yeah, please.’ So, still being unable to see the stranger he shouts, ‘Where are you?’ The drunk replies, ‘Over here, on the swing.’

Thought of the day: One doesn’t discover new lands without losing sight of the shore.

Fact of the day: 1091 – Battle of Levounion: The Pechenegs are defeated by Byzantine Emperor Alexius I.

Biography of the day: E. J. Josey; E. J. Josey is an American activist, librarian and Professor Emeritus, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. During the early 1960’s, he participated in the Civil Rights struggle in Savannah. He served on the Executive Board of the Savannah Branch of the NAACP as well as the Executive Board of the Albany, NY Branch of the NAACP. In 1964 he carried the Civil Rights struggle into the American Library Association. In spite of the 1954 United States Supreme Court decision, which encouraged desegregation of libraries and ALA chapters, the ALA was slow in implementing integration of all of its southern chapters until Josey offered his resolution at the 1964 Conference which prevented ALA officers and staff members from attending segregated state chapter meetings. The four remaining segregated chapters that denied membership to African American librarians at that time were Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi; and they integrated immediately. He is well known for his uncompromising opposition to any form of discrimination whether it is racial, gender, age or sexual orientation.

Article of the day: Cretan War; The Cretan War (205–200 BC) was fought by King Philip V of Macedon (pictured) and a coalition that included several Cretan cities against the forces of Rhodes, Attalus I of Pergamum and their allies. Wishing to eliminate Rhodes, the king formed an alliance with pirates. With the Rhodian fleet and economy suffering from their depredations, Philip believed his chance to crush Rhodes was at hand; in alliance with the Seleucid Empire, he attacked the lands of Ptolemy V of Egypt and Rhodes’ allies in the Balkans. In 201 BC, Rhodes, Pergamum and their allies defeated Philip at the Battle of Chios, but shortly afterwards, his fleet defeated the Rhodians at Lade. While he was plundering Pergamese land, Attalus went to Athens and secured an alliance against Macedon. Philip assailed Athens, but Rome warned him to withdraw or face war. After being defeated again by the Rhodian and Pergamese fleets, Philip withdrew to Greece. He rejected the Roman ultimatum to stop attacking Greek states, and the Romans invaded Macedon. The Cretan coalition cities, deprived of their strongest ally, were forced to sign a treaty favourable to Rhodes, ending the Cretan War. Three years later, the Romans defeated Philip in the Battle of Cynoscephalae.

Did you know: a) that Plymouth Sound, Shores and Cliffs has units of rock showing the lower to early Middle Devonian period, laid 417-354 million years ago? b) that rugby union footballer Robert Wilson Shaw was so influential in Scotland’s Triple Crown winning victory over England in 1938 that the match became known as ‘Wilson Shaw’s match’? c) that County Route 91 in Onondaga County, New York is signed as County Route 57 for New York State Route 57, the route it replaced? d) that a single cave in the Phou Hin Poun National Biodiversity Conservation Area in Laos is used by at least 22 species of bats?



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