Posted by: retarigan | February 5, 2016

Word Dictionary [050216]


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]

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

Aegidius Tschudi

Aegidius Tschudi

Birthday of the day: Aegidius Tschudi; Aegidius (or Giles) Tschudi (5 February 1505 – 28 February 1572) was an eminent member of the Tschudi family, of Glarus, Switzerland.

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?’

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