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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: Gerontocracy

Gerontocracy [Noun]

Sentence: The culturally sensitive communities of 2025 will be seedbeds of gerontocracy: places where older people enjoy more power and privilege than they did before relocating. By and large, these communities will attract people who come from gerontocratic cultures: Koreans, Hindus, and older people from China and Japan. But in the absence of extended families, these new gerontocracies will honor people based on health, spirituality, or wisdom. (Source: www.questia.com)

Meaning: A state, political system, society, or group governed by old people

How To Remember? 

Gerontocracy” should remind us of our great grandfathers who, as was the norm, liked to dictate the way how their successive generations should lead their lives.

Remember thus!

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[“The Cuba gerontocracy seems likely to endure for years as a cycle repeats itself: old men replace very old men, as one analyst put it.” – thelede.blogs.nytimes.com]

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