Posted by: retarigan | May 23, 2015

Word Dictionary [230515]

Word of the day: mitigate
Definition: make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Synonyms: extenuate, palliate
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild (more…)

pronunciation: ˈmɪtɪɡeɪt

from Oxford: mitigate make milder or less intense or severe; moderate (your offer certainly mitigated their hostility).
Usage: Often confused with militate.
Phrases and idioms: mitigating circumstances Law circumstances permitting greater leniency.
Derivatives: mitigable adj. mitigation n. mitigator n. mitigatory adj.
Etymology: ME f. L mitigare mitigat- f. mitis mild

from Wordnet: mitigate

v 1: lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; “The circumstances extenuate the crime” [syn: extenuate, palliate]
2: make less severe or harsh [syn: moderate]

Quote of the day: Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present. by Roger Babson

Philip I of France

Philip I of France

Birthday of the day: Philip I of France; Philip I (23 May 1052 – 29 July 1108), called the Amorous (French: l’ Amoureux), was King of France from 1060 to his death. His reign, like that of most of the early Direct Capetians, was extraordinarily long for the time. The monarchy began a modest recovery from the low it reached in the reign of his father and he added to the royal demesne the Vexin and Bourges.

Joke of the day: A young child walked up to her mother and stared at her hair. As mother scrubbed on the dishes, the girl cleared her throat and sweetly asked, ‘Why do you have some grey strands in your hair?’ The mother paused and looked at her daughter. ‘Every time you disobey, I get one strand of grey hair. If you want me to stay pretty, you better obey.’ The mother quickly returned to her task of washing dishes. The little girl stood there thinking. She cleared her throat again. ‘Mother?’ She sweetly asked again. ‘Yes?’ Her Mother replied. ‘Why is Grandma’s hair all grey?’

Thought of the day: Once we hold a belief, it tends to stick with us for the rest of our lives, unless we challenge it.

Fact of the day: 844 – Battle of Clavijo: The Apostle Saint James the Greater is said to have miraculously appeared to a force of outnumbered Asturians and aided them against the forces of the Emir of Cordoba.

Biography of the day: Archibald Cox; Archibald Cox (17 May 1912-29 May 2004), distinguished lawyer, Harvard Law professor, U.S. solicitor general, and Watergate special prosecutor, was born Archibald Cox, Jr., in Plainfield, New Jersey, the oldest child of the prominent New York lawyer Archibald Cox, Sr., and Frances ‘Fanny’ Perkins. Young ‘Archie’ spent much of his childhood at the estate of his mother’s family in Windsor, Vermont, a wooded retreat established by his great-grandfather William M. Evarts. Evarts, a descendant of the founding founder Roger Sherman, was a renowned nineteenth-century lawyer who had represented President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial (1868) and an independent-minded statesman who served as U.S. attorney general, secretary of state, and senator from New York. This family history entwined with law and public service influenced Archie from his earliest days.

Article of the day: Paul Tibbets; Paul Tibbets (1915–2007) was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force, best known as the pilot of the Enola Gay, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb. Tibbets enlisted in the army in 1937 and qualified as a pilot the next year. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor he flew anti-submarine patrols over the Atlantic. In July 1942 he became the deputy group commander of the 97th Bombardment Group, the first such group deployed to the United Kingdom as part of the Eighth Air Force. He flew the lead plane in the first American daylight heavy bomber mission against Occupied Europe on August 17, 1942, and again in the first American raid of more than 100 bombers on October 9. After flying 43 combat missions, he joined the staff of the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa. He returned to the United States in February 1943 to help with the development of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. In September 1944, he was appointed the commander of the 509th Composite Group, which conducted the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the war, he was involved in the development of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet. He left the Air Force in 1966, working for Executive Jet Aviation until 1987. {{TFArecentlist| Rodent “City of Angels” The Bread-Winners }}

Did you know: a) that when a member of the Royal Commission on Local Government in England in 1966-69, Derek Senior wrote a memorandum of dissent as long as the report itself? b) that despite his father calling him ‘the flower of my fleet’, Fleetwood Pellew (pictured) still managed to provoke two mutinies and spent thirty years on half-pay? c) that D. Bennett Mazur was elected in 1991 to serve a sixth term in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 37th Legislative District, but resigned after suffering a stroke on Election Day? d) that in 1899 Isaac Seneca became the first Native American to be named as an All-American football player while playing halfback for the Carlisle Indian School?



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