Posted by: retarigan | May 1, 2015

Word Dictionary [010515]

Word of the day: pragmatic
Definition: adj. dealing with matters with regard to their practical requirements or consequences.
Synonyms: matter-of-fact, pragmatical
Etymology: LL pragmaticus f. Gk pragmatikos f. pragma -matos deed (more…)

pronunciation: præɡˈmætɪk

from Oxford: pragmatic

1 dealing with matters with regard to their practical requirements or consequences.
2 treating the facts of history with reference to their practical lessons.
3 hist. of or relating to the affairs of a State.
4 (also pragmatical) a concerning pragmatism. b meddlesome. c dogmatic.
Phrases and idioms: pragmatic sanction hist. an imperial or royal ordinance issued as a fundamental law, esp. regarding a question of royal succession.
Derivatives: pragmaticality n. pragmatically adv.
Etymology: LL pragmaticus f. Gk pragmatikos f. pragma -matos deed

from Wordnet: pragmatic

adj 1: concerned with practical matters; “a matter-of-fact (or pragmatic) approach to the problem”; “a matter-of-fact account of the trip” [syn: matter-of-fact, pragmatical]
2: of or concerning the theory of pragmatism [syn: pragmatical]
3: guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory; “a hardheaded appraisal of our position”; “a hard-nosed labor leader”; “completely practical in his approach to business”; “not ideology but pragmatic politics” [syn: hardheaded, hard-nosed, practical]

Quote of the day: A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. by John Barrymore

John I, Count of Hainaut

John I, Count of Hainaut

Birthday of the day: John I, Count of Hainaut; John I of Avesnes (May 1, 1218 – December 24, 1257) was the count of Hainaut from 1246 to his death. Born in Houffalize, he was the eldest son of Margaret II of Flanders by her first husband, Bouchard IV of Avesnes. As the marriage of Margaret and Bouchard was papally dissolved, he was considered illegitimate.

Joke of the day: TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? PUPILS: A teacher.

Thought of the day: Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

Fact of the day: 305 – Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor.

Biography of the day: Mayme Agnew; Mayme Agnew Clayton (August 4, 1923 – October 13, 2006) was a librarian, and the Founder, President & Spiritual Leader of the Western States Black Research and Education Center (WSBREC), the largest privately held collection of African-American historical materials in the world. The collection represents the core holdings of the Mayme A. Clayton Library Museum and Cultural Center (MCL) located in Culver City, California. collection is considered one of the most important for African-American materials. Her collecting grew from her work as a librarian, first at the University of Southern California and later at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she began to build an African-American collection. Clayton, an avid golfer, traveled for her sport, trolling for rare finds wherever she went. The centerpiece of the collection that grew this way is a signed copy of Phillis Wheatley?s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, from 1773. First published by an American of African descent, the book was acquired for $600 from a New York dealer in 1973. In 2002 it was appraised at $30,000.

Article of the day: The Tower House; The Tower House in London’s Holland Park district of Kensington and Chelsea is a late Victorian townhouse, built between 1875 and 1881 by the architect and designer William Burges as his personal residence. Designed in the French Gothic Revival style, it was described by the architectural historian J. Mordaunt Crook as “the most complete example of a medieval secular interior produced by the Gothic Revival, and the last”. The exterior and the interior echo elements of Burges’s earlier work. The house was built of red brick, with a distinctive cylindrical tower and conical roof, by the Ashby Brothers, with interior decoration by members of Burges’s long-standing team of craftsmen including Thomas Nicholls and Henry Stacy Marks. The house retains most of its internal structural decoration, but much of the furniture, fittings and contents that Burges designed have been dispersed. Many items, including the Great Bookcase, the Zodiac Settle, the Golden Bed and the Red Bed, are now in institutions such as The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was designated a Grade I listed building in 1949.

Did you know: a) that American Sociological Association’s annual award in the sociology of education is named after Willard Waller? b) that the efforts of the 12th-century Anglo-Norman nobleman Josce de Dinan to defend Ludlow Castle form the background to the medieval work Fouke le Fitz Waryn? c) that Dove’s Evolution is the first entry to win two Grand Prix awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival? d) that Tanums store rettskrivningsordbok, the dictionary of choice for solvers and makers of Norwegian crossword puzzles, was edited by Marius Sandvei for more than five decades?



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