Posted by: retarigan | June 5, 2015

Word Dictionary [050615]


Word of the day: magpie
Definition: n. a European and American crow, Pica pica, with a long pointed tail and black and white plumage.
Synonyms: scavenger, pack rat
Etymology: Mag, abbr. of Margaret PIE(2) (more…)

pronunciation: ˈmæɡpaɪ

from Oxford: magpie

n.
1 a European and American crow, Pica pica, with a long pointed tail and black and white plumage.
2 any of various birds with plumage like a magpie, esp. Gymnorhina tibicen of Australia.
3 an idle chatterer.
4 a person who collects things indiscriminately.
5 a the division of a circular target next to the outer one. b a rifle shot which strikes this.
Etymology: Mag, abbr. of Margaret + PIE(2)

from Wordnet: magpie

n 1: long-tailed black-and-white bird that utters a chattering call
2: someone who collects things that have been discarded by others [syn: scavenger, pack rat]

from Wikipedia: magpie; Magpies are birds of the Corvidae (crow) family, including the black and white Eurasian magpie, which is one of the few animal species known to be able to recognize itself in a mirror test. In addition to other members of the genus Pica, corvids considered as magpies are in the genera Cissa, Cyanopica and Urocissa.

Quote of the day: All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams. by Elias Canetti

Justus Jonas

Justus Jonas

Birthday of the day: Justus Jonas; Justus Jonas (5 June 1493 – 9 October 1555) was a German Protestant reformer.

Joke of the day: Before going to Europe on business, a man drives his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and asks for an immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer, taken aback, requests collateral. ‘Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce,’ the man says. The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the bank’s underground parking for safe keeping and gives the man the $5,000. Two weeks later, the man walks through the bank’s doors and asks to settle up his loan and get his car back. ‘That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest,’ the loan officer says. The man writes out a check and starts to walk away. ‘Wait, sir,’ the loan officer says. ‘You are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow $5,000?’ The man smiles, ‘Where else could I find a safer place to park my Rolls-Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?’

Thought of the day: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Fact of the day: 70 – Titus and his Roman legion breach the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem.

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