Word of the day: comport
Definition: v. literary conduct oneself; behave.
Synonyms: behave] [ant: misbehave
Etymology: L comportare (as COM-, portare carry) (more…)
from Oxford: comport
v.refl. literary conduct oneself; behave.
Phrases and idioms: comport with suit, befit.
Derivatives: comportment n.
Etymology: L comportare (as COM-, portare carry)
from Wordnet: comport
v 1: behave well or properly; “The children must learn to behave” [syn: behave] [ant: misbehave]
2: behave in a certain manner; “She carried herself well”; “he bore himself with dignity”; “They conducted themselves well during these difficult times” [syn: behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, carry]
from Oxford: football
n. & v.
1 any of several outdoor games between two teams played with a ball on a pitch with goals at each end, esp. = Association Football.
2 a large inflated ball of a kind used in these.
3 a topical issue or problem that is the subject of continued argument or controversy.
–v.intr. play football.
Phrases and idioms: football pool (or pools) a form of gambling on the results of football matches, the winners receiving sums accumulated from entry money.
Derivatives: footballer n.
from Wordnet: football
n 1: any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other’s goal
2: the inflated oblong ball used in playing American football
from Wikipedia: football; Football refers to a number of sport that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football is understood to refer to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears: association football (also known as soccer) in the United Kingdom and most of the non-English speaking world; gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football) in the United States and Canada; Australian rules football or rugby league in different areas of Australia; Gaelic football in Ireland; and rugby football (specifically rugby union) in New Zealand. These different variations of football are known as football codes.Various forms of football can be identified in history, often as popular peasant games. Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to the codification of these games at English public schools in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The influence and power of the British Empire allowed these rules of football to spread to areas of British influence outside of the directly controlled Empire, though by the end of the nineteenth century, distinct regional codes were already developing: Gaelic Football, for example, deliberately incorporated the rules of local traditional football games in order to maintain their heritage. In 1888, The Football League was founded in England, becoming the first of many professional football competitions. During the twentieth century, several of the various kinds of football grew to become among the most popular team sports in the world.
Quote of the day: A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. by Hedy Lamarr
Birthday of the day: Claudius Gothicus; Marcus Aurelius Valerius Claudius (May 10, 213 – January, 270), commonly known as Claudius II or Claudius Gothicus, was Roman Emperor from 268 to 270. During his reign he fought successfully against the Alamanni and scored a crushing victory against the Goths at the Battle of Naissus. He died after succumbing to a smallpox plague that ravaged the provinces of the empire.
Joke of the day: A customer comes into a computer store. I’m looking for a mystery adventure game with lots of graphics. You know, something really challenging.? After a while the clerk replied, ‘have you tried Windows Vista?’
Thought of the day: No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.’
Fact of the day: 28 BCE – A sunspot is observed by Han Dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations in China.
Biography of the day: Orville Freeman; Orville Freeman (9 May 1918-20 Feb. 2003), governor and secretary of agriculture, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Orville Freeman, a retail store owner, and Frances (Schroeder) Freeman. He grew up in Minneapolis and watched his father unsuccessfully struggle to keep his menswear store afloat during the depths of the Depression. With the assistance of federal education funds, he entered the nearby University of Minnesota, where he played football and met not only his future spouse but also his most significant political partner, Hubert H. Humphrey.
Article of the day: 1980 Zimbabwe women’s national field hockey team; The 1980 Zimbabwe women’s national field hockey team won the gold medal at that year’s Summer Olympics in Moscow in the Soviet Union. The 16 teammates, all from Zimbabwe’s white minority, were assembled less than a month before the Olympics, after an American-led boycott reduced the number of teams competing. It was the first time the women’s field hockey event had been held at the Olympics. After beating Poland and the Soviet Union and drawing with Czechoslovakia and India, the Zimbabweans secured the gold on the final day with a 4–1 victory over Austria. Their victory was considered a huge upset, particularly considering the short time the team had to prepare. Won at a time of great transition in Zimbabwe—as Rhodesia, the country had been barred from the previous three Olympics—the gold medal was the nation’s first Olympic medal of any colour. The players were dubbed the “Golden Girls” by the Zimbabwean press and were briefly national celebrities. Zimbabwe did not win another Olympic medal until 2004.
Did you know: a) that Weraroa, a genus of pouch fungi, may represent an intermediate evolutionary stage between underground and above-ground fungi? b) that the Brown mussel Perna perna aggregates in such large amounts that it is able to sink navigational buoys? c) that American football head coach Dick Vermeil coached two NFC championship teams 19 years apart?the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles and the 1999 St. Louis Rams? d) that Mustafa Kemal Atat?rk (pictured), founder of the Republic of Turkey, established the first commercial Turkish winery in 1925?