Word of the day: ostensible
Definition: adj. concealing the real; professed (his ostensible function was that of interpreter).
Synonyms: apparent(a), seeming(a), ostensive
Etymology: F f. med.L ostensibilis f. L ostendere ostens- stretch out to view (as OB-, tendere stretch) (more…)
from Oxford: ostensible
adj. concealing the real; professed (his ostensible function was that of interpreter).
Derivatives: ostensibly adv.
Etymology: F f. med.L ostensibilis f. L ostendere ostens- stretch out to view (as OB-, tendere stretch)
from Wordnet: ostensible
adj 1: appearing as such but not necessarily so; “for all his apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent”; “the committee investigated some apparent discrepancies”; “the ostensible truth of their theories”; “his seeming honesty” [syn: apparent(a), seeming(a)]
2: represented or appearing as such; pretended; “His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity” [syn: ostensive]
Quote of the day: A picture is worth a thousand words. by Napoleon Bonaparte
Birthday of the day: Claudio Monteverdi; Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi (Italian pronunciation: [‘klaudjo mõnte’verdi]; 15 May 1567 (baptized) – 29 November 1643) was an Italian composer, gambist, and singer.
Joke of the day: Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, ‘Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased you can hear again.’ To which the gentleman said, ‘Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I’ve changed my will five times!’
Thought of the day: It’s choice?not chance?that determines your destiny.
Fact of the day: 495 BC – A newly constructed temple in honour of the god Mercury was dedicated in ancient Rome on the Circus Maximus, between the Aventine and Palatine hills. To spite the senate and the consuls, the people awarded the dedication to a senior military officer, Marcus Laetorius
Biography of the day: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin (January 17 [O.S. January 6] 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the best-known Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat. He founded the United States’ earliest libraries, including The Library Company of Philadelphia and those found at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, and many others. As a scientist he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As a political writer and activist he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation, and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that helped to make independence possible. Franklin was noted for his curiosity, his writings (popular, political and scientific), and his diversity of interests. As a leader of the Enlightenment, he gained the recognition of scientists and intellectuals across Europe. An agent in London before the Revolution, and Minister to France during it, he more than anyone defined the new nation in the minds of Europe. His success in securing French military and financial aid was a great contributor to the American victory over Britain. He invented the lightning rod; he was an early proponent of colonial unity; historians hail him as the ‘First American.’
Article of the day: “4 Minutes”; “4 Minutes”, by American singer-songwriter Madonna (pictured), was released as the lead single of her eleventh studio album Hard Candy (2008), featuring vocals by American singers Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Madonna her 37th top-ten single and breaking the all-time record previously held by Elvis Presley. It also received positive reviews and topped the charts in twenty-one countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. An uptempo dance-pop song with an urban and hip hop style, “4 Minutes” incorporates Timbaland’s characteristic bhangra beats, with brass, foghorns and cowbell. It was performed by Madonna on the promotional tour for Hard Candy and the 2008–09 Sticky & Sweet Tour. The song received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the 2009 ceremony. In the accompanying music video, Madonna and Timberlake are running away from a giant black screen that devours everything in its path, including them, in the end. She cited the song as the inspiration for the documentary I Am Because We Are (2008).
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