Posted by: retarigan | May 7, 2015

Word Dictionary [070515]

Word of the day: disdain
Definition: n. scorn; contempt.
Synonyms: contempt, scorn
Etymology: ME f. OF desdeign(ier) ult. f. L dedignari (as DE-, dignari f. dignus worthy) (more…)

pronunciation: dɪsˈdeɪn

from Oxford: disdain

n. & v.
–n. scorn; contempt.
1 regard with disdain.
2 think oneself superior to; reject (disdained his offer; disdained to enter; disdained answering).
Etymology: ME f. OF desdeign(ier) ult. f. L dedignari (as DE-, dignari f. dignus worthy)

from Wordnet: disdain

n 1: lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike [syn: contempt, scorn]
2: a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient [syn: condescension, patronage]
v 1: look down on with disdain; “He despises the people he has to work for”; “The professor scorns the students who don’t catch on immediately” [syn: contemn, despise, scorn]
2: reject with contempt; “She spurned his advances” [syn: reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, turn down]

Quote of the day: Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. by Dean Acheson

Sejong the Great

Sejong the Great

Birthday of the day: Sejong the Great; Sejong the Great (May 7, 1397 – May 18, 1450, r. 1418–1450) was the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. During his regency, he reinforced Confucian policies and executed major legal amendments (공법; 貢法). He also used the creation of Hangul and the advancement of technology to expand his territory. He is the third son of King Taejong and Queen-Consort WonKyeong-Min.

Joke of the day: The manager of a large office asked a new employee to come into his office. ‘What is your name?,’ was the first thing the manager asked. ‘John,’ the new guy replied. The manager scowled. ‘Look, I don’t know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name! It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority,’ he said. ‘I refer to my employees by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?’ The new guy sighed and said, ‘Darling. My name is John Darling.’ The manager said, ‘Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you…’

Thought of the day: Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Fact of the day: 351 – The Jewish revolt against Gallus breaks out. After his arrival at Antioch, the Jews begin a rebellion in Palestine.

Biography of the day: Daniel Joseph Boorstin; Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) was a prolific American historian, professor, attorney, and writer. He served as the U.S. Librarian of Congress from 1975 until 1987. Boorstin graduated with highest honors from Harvard, studied at Balliol College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned his PhD. at Yale University. He was a lawyer and a university professor at the University of Chicago for 25 years. He also served as director of the National Museum of History and Technology of the Smithsonian Institution. Boorstin wrote more than 20 books, including a trilogy on the American experience and one on world intellectual history. The Americans: The Democratic Experience, the final book in the first trilogy, received the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for History. Boorstin also wrote the books The Discoverers, The Seekers and The Creators, a trilogy of books that attempt to survey the scientific, philosophic and artistic histories of humanity respectively.

Article of the day: The Sinking of the Lusitania; The Sinking of the Lusitania is a silent animated short film by American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay that depicts the 1915 disaster in which a German submarine killed 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. McCay’s employer, William Randolph Hearst, who was opposed to sending US troops to fight in World War I, downplayed the tragedy in his newspapers. In 1916 McCay grew tired of drawing anti-war cartoons for Hearst and started working on this propaganda film. He and his assistants spent twenty-two months in their off hours working on the production, using the new cel technology that was more efficient than the rice paper he had used previously. Released in 1918, The Sinking of the Lusitania is the earliest animated documentary and serious, dramatic work of animation to survive. It had little commercial success compared to McCay’s earlier films, Little Nemo (1911) and Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), and his later animation went largely unnoticed. The artist spent the rest of his life making editorial drawings.

Did you know: a) that USS Nicholson (pictured) and USS Fanning, a pair of American destroyers built before World War I, are credited with the United States Navy’s first U-boat kill for sinking U-58 on 17 November 1917? b) that George Smith has twice won the John Eales Medal, awarded for the best Wallaby (Australian rugby team pictured), as voted for by his peers in the Rugby Union Players Association? c) that Ira Needles co-founded the University of Waterloo in 1957 with Gerald Hagey, and later served as the university’s second chancellor? d) that the Tiller Ranger Station in southern Oregon served as the administrative headquarters for five different Umpqua National Forest ranger districts?



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