Posted by: retarigan | March 5, 2016

Word Dictionary [050316]

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

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

Louis I of Hungary

Louis I of Hungary

Birthday of the day: Louis I of Hungary; Louis the Great (Hungarian: I. (Nagy) Lajos, Croatian: Ludovik I, Polish: Ludwik Węgierski, Slovak: Ľudovít Veľký, Italian: Luigi I d’Ungheria, German: Ludwig der Große, Bulgarian: Лудвиг I, Serbian: Лајош I Анжујски, Czech: Ludvík I. Veliký, Lithuanian: Liudvikas I Vengras (5 March 1326, Visegrád – 10 September 1382, Nagyszombat/Trnava) was King of Hungary from 1342 and King of Poland from 1370 until his death. (See Titles section)

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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