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Word: Obstreperous

Obstreperous [Adjective]

Sentence: The nineteen‐sixties, that obstreperous decade in the international art scene, saw the rise and fall of several movements, each new style following hard upon the heels of the other. It was a great opening‐up period, beginning with pop art, followed by op art, the various forms of minimal sculpture, kinetic art, the whole art‐and‐technology syndrome, multimedia extravaganzas, funk art and the beginnings of conceptual art, in which “ideas” about works of art triumphed over the physical forms themselves. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Noisy, clamorous and difficult to control

How To Remember?

Obstreperous” may be thought of as a combination of the words “Obstruction+ Onerous“. Think about an unruly kid who creates obstruction by being very loud and clamorous, making him very difficult to control. 

Remember thus!

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[Calvin appears to be in a obstreperous mood. Beware!]

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Word: Petrichor

Petrichor [Noun]

Sentence: Publishing in the journal Nature in 1964, Bear and Thomas proposed a name for the scent brought on by rain. They called it “petrichor,” a blend of the Greek words petra, rock, and ikhor, the blood of the gods in Greek mythology. But the scientists acknowledged that they were not the first to identify the stormy smell. They were not even the first to extract it. In fact, what they had dubbed petrichor was already a signature fragrance produced in Kannauj. Extracted from parched clay and distilled with ancient techniques, it is known as mitti attar—Earth’s perfume. (Source: www.theatlantic.com)

Meaning: The pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather

How To Remember?

Any word having “petra-” in it, has something to do with rocks. For example, petroleum refers to “rock oil”. Thus, petrichor too has something to do with rocks. And “ichor” refers to the fluid that flows through the veins of gods in Greek mythology.

Picture fresh rain droplets on rocks, and imagine that wonderful smell which emanates then – a serious cure for bad mood.

Remember thus!

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Word: Verbiage

Verbiage [Noun]

Sentence: Information overload is everywhere, from non-stop news to rat-a-tat email inboxes. At the receiving end of this deluge of verbiage is the human brainyour brain— metaphorically endowed with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up information; a container for short-term memory; a blender for integrating information; a memory bank for storing long-term information; a garbage disposal for getting rid of information; and a recycling machine extraordinaire. (Source: hbr.org)

Meaning: Containing a lot of unnecessary words; Excessively lengthy or technical

How To Remember?

Too many “verbs“, too many words! And we don’t like too many unnecessary words, do we now?

Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Verbosity; Prolixity; Superfluity; Redundancy.

Antonyms?

Brevity; Pithiness; Succinctness.

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Word: Novaturient

Novaturient [Adjective]

Sentence: In retrospect, I’m shaking my head at how easily I was able to navigate the city using the limited French vocabulary that I learned in elementary school. My novaturient wishes were to find myself in the places I would explore, the scents I would inhale, and the people whose words and energies would stimulate my thoughts. (Source: golbou.com)

Meaning: Desiring changes or alterations; Desiring or seeking change in one’s life, behavior or situation; The feeling that pushes one to travel

How To Remember?

The word “Nova” originates from the Latin “Novus” meaning “New“. “Novaturient” thus should remind you of someone who wants a new life!

Remember thus!

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[Well, some employees sure know how to handle the novaturient desires of their bosses!]

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Word: Plenipotentiary

Plenipotentiary [Adjective]

Sentence: The little country is San Marino, the tiny (24 square miles and 22,000 inhabitants) but venerable republic found slightly to the southwest of Rimini near Italy’s Adriatic coast. And its eminent representative in the United States is Detlev Baurs-Krey, who is San Marino’s newly appointed minister plenipotentiary at large. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Invested with full power

How To Remember?

Plenipotentiary” can be expanded as “Plenty Potential” which someone who has full power can easily claim to have!

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[Superman is the hero plenipotentiary, isn’t he? Well, almost!]

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