Posted by: retarigan | April 3, 2016

Word Dictionary [030416]


Word of the day: quixotic
Definition: adj. extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; regardless of material interests in comparison with honour or devotion.
Synonyms: romantic, wild-eyed
Etymology: Don Quixote, hero of Cervantes’ romance f. Sp. quixote thigh armour (more…)

pronunciation: kwɪkˈsɔtɪk

from Oxford: quixotic

adj.
1 extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; regardless of material interests in comparison with honour or devotion.
2 visionary; pursuing lofty but unattainable ideals.
Derivatives: quixotically adv.  quixotism n.  quixotry n.
Etymology: Don Quixote, hero of Cervantes’ romance f. Sp.  quixote thigh armour

from Wordnet: quixotic

adj : not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic; “as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood”; “a romantic disregard for money”; “a wild-eyed dream of a world state” [syn: romantic, wild-eyed]

Quote of the day: All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. by William Faulkner

Henry IV of England

Henry IV of England

Birthday of the day: Henry IV of England; Henry IV (possibly 3 April 1366 – 20 March 1413) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (1399–1413). He was the ninth King of England of the House of Plantagenet and also asserted his grandfather’s claim to the title King of France. He was born at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire, hence the other name by which he was known, Henry (of) Bolingbroke (pronounced /ˈbɒlɪŋbrʊk/). His father, John of Gaunt, was the third son of Edward III, and enjoyed a position of considerable influence during much of the reign of Richard II. Henry IV came to the throne after the deposition of his cousin Richard II. Henry’s mother was Blanche, heiress to the considerable Lancaster estates. Henry IV is, therefore, the first King of England from the Lancaster branch of the Plantagenets, one of the two family branches (the other one being the York branch, initiated by his uncle Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York) protagonists of the War of the Roses (see section ‘Seniority in line from Edward III’ below).

Joke of the day: A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool on the aviation frequencies. So, this was his first time approaching a field during the nighttime. Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: ‘Guess who?’ The controller switched the field lights off and replied: ‘Guess where?’

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