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Word: Profligate

Profligate [Adjective]

Sentence: The United States is particularly profligate. When oil prices rose, speculators bought huge tracts to grow corn for biofuel. Corn takes three times more water than sorghum but fetches a higher price. Pivotal irrigator hoses project streams that allow farmers to squander hundreds, or thousands, of gallons per minute. (Source: nytimes.com)

Meaning: Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources; Licentious; Immoral

How To Remember?

If you spend profusely as if you had money like Bill Gates, you would be a profligate!


Wasteful; Extravagant; Spendthrift; Improvident; Prodigal; Immoderate; Excessive.


Thrifty; Frugal; Moral; Upright.

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Word: Maculate

Sentence: The moon in Lodovico Cigoli’s Immacolata fresco (1610–12) in the Pauline Chapel, S. Maria Maggiore, Rome, departs radically from tradition, appearing not as a perfect crescent but as a crater-pocked sphere, just as Cigoli’s friend Galileo had observed it through his telescope and had published it in 1610. This study focuses on the reception of Cigoli’s and Galileo’s moon in light of Christian lunar symbolism and astronomical theory. At issue are the theological implications of a maculate moon within an image of the Immaculate Virgin in a papal chapel and how the Church accommodated the new cosmology to theological traditions. (Source: www.tandfonline.com)

Meaning: Spotted or stained

How To Remember?

Immaculate” refers to being clean and spotless, without any blemish. “Maculate” is just the opposite, although not as commonly used.

Additionally, “Mac-” of “Maculate” can remind you McD! Imagine yourself gorging on one of those McD burgers and staining your white shirt with yellow sauce. Your shirt would be maculate!


Dirty; Grubby; Damaged.


Clean; Spotless; Pristine; Unsoiled; Unstained; Unsullied; Speckless.

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earth moon.gif

Picture Credit: nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov

[In the picture above, you can see the maculate surface of the earth’s moon!]

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Thought of the Day.010


Travel every month, every year. Through books, internet and physically. Nothing like travelling to attain new perspectives towards life.

#Perspectives #TravelBug #NewDelhiRailwayStation 

Picture Credit: www.travelplanet.in

Thought of the Day.009


To change the culture of a company requires enormous effort, numerous day-to-day negotiations, calculated fights, deceptive nudges, excellent communication and effective persuasion. It costs a lot of blood, sweat and tears but guess those who can effect the change they desired must feel that it was all worth it!

#Organization #Gyaan #Structure #Love 

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Read of the Day.001


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“The minute I was bored with a book or a subject I moved to another one, instead of giving up on reading altogether – when you are limited to the school material and you get bored, you have a tendency to give up and do nothing or play hooky out of discouragement.

The trick is to be bored with a specific book, rather than with the act of reading. So the number of the pages absorbed could grow faster than otherwise. And you find gold, so to speak, effortlessly, just as in rational but undirected trial-and-error-based research. It is exactly like options, trial and error, not getting stuck, bifurcating when necessary but keeping a sense of broad freedom and opportunism.

Trial and error is freedom.

~Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder~

Word: Moribund

Moribund [Adjective]

Sentence: Although the term “patient dumping” was rarely used before the 1960s, the practice started much earlier. In the late 1870s, the New York Times began to report that private hospitals were using ambulances to shift poor, moribund patients to Bellevue, the city’s preeminent public facility. Many trips had serious medical consequences. Private hospitals also instructed ambulances to take critically ill patients directly to Bellevue regardless of the distance. (Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

Meaning: At the point of death or terminal decline; lacking vitality and vigour

How To Remember?

Remember “Moribund” as “Mortal at the end“. The mortal person is at the point of death! Remember thus.


Stagnant; Crumbling; Atrophying; Obsolescent.


Thriving; Recovering; Flourishing.

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[Moribund or just dead?]

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Thought of the Day.007


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The virtues of saying “No” (especially in the Corporate environment) can never be over-emphasized.

Psst, I am on to my Boss too! 

Word: Poseur

Poseur [Noun]

Sentence: For the record, I don’t think that Professor Ferguson is a racist. I think he’s a poseur. I’m told that some of his straight historical work is very good. When it comes to economics, however, he hasn’t bothered to understand the basics, relying on snide comments and surface cleverness to convey the impression of wisdom. It’s all style, no comprehension of substance. (Source: krugman.blogs.nytimes.com)

Meaning: A person who behaves to be something/someone he/she is actually not

How To Remember?

Poseur” is someone who strikes a pose to impress others. In reality, he/she is very different from what he/she is trying to project.

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[In a way, we are all poseurs, aren’t we?]

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Word: Conflation

Conflation [Noun]

Sentence: It is time to undo this conflation of religion and politics. Instead of seeing this politicization of religion as natural — or even, as some Muslims do, something to be proud of — we should see it as a problem that requires a solution. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Merging of two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc. into one.

How To Remember?

Conflation” should remind you of convergence of two flats to make a bigger flat! You just break the wall between the two flats to make a bigger house! Remember thus.


Admixture; Alloy; Amalgamation; Composite; Compound; Blend; Emulsion.

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[Conflation of roads!]

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Thought of the Day.006


Bust the bureaucracy. 

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