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Word: Farrago

Farrago [Noun]

Sentence: Johnson knows what to dislike and is unflagging. Ivan Illich writes “a farrago of sub-Marxist cliches, false analogies, non sequiturs, false or bent facts and weird prophesies.” [Source: www.nytimes.com]

Meaning: A confused mixture

How To Remember?

Read “Farrago” as “Far” + “Ago”. An incident occurred so far ago that you do not quite remember it well. You are confused as to what exactly happened.

Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Clutter; Hodgepodge; Medley; Melange; Mishmash; Motley; Montage; Smorgasbord.

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Word: Eponymous

Eponymous [Adjective]

Sentence: The Burmans of Dabur and industrialist GM Rao’s eponymous business empire have painstakingly drafted their own constitutions which other family-run businesses such as the Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals are drawing inspiration from. [Source: www.forbesindia.com]

Meaning: Named after a particular person or group

How To Remember?

“Eponymous” gives a name to the “Anonymous”! Remember thus!

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[Check a list of eponymous companies by clicking here.]

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Word: Impecunious

Impecunious [Adjective]

Sentence: The foragers and farmers and fishermen of the old Chez Panisse fantasy still figure, but now as an unseen impecunious peasant horde combing beaches and redwoods for the chanterelles and Santa Barbara spot prawns that genius chefs transform into visionary distillations of a mythical Northern California experience that no successful entrepreneur would waste time living. [Source: www.nytimes.com]

Meaning: Having little or no money

How To Remember?

The “-pecun-” part of “Impecunious” should remind you of the word “Pecuniary“. (Click here to check the meaning of the word.)

Pecuniary” is related to money. “Impecunious” should remind you of someone who does not have any!

Synonyms?

Penniless; Penurious; Poor; Indigent.

Antonym?

Wealthy.

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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!

Synonyms?

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

Antonyms?

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!

Synonyms?

Dirty; Grubby; Damaged.

Antonyms?

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

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

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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.

Synonyms?

Stagnant; Crumbling; Atrophying; Obsolescent.

Antonyms?

Thriving; Recovering; Flourishing.

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[Moribund or just dead?]

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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: 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.

Synonyms?

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

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[Conflation of roads!]

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Word: Sirimiri

Sirimiri [Noun]

Sentence: Bilbao, like Seattle, is a city of mizzling rain, drizzle-and-spatter, of mild winters & thick grass. It snows perhaps two times a year — wet, clumping stuff that doesn’t stick — and stays cool all summer long. It will rain at least one hundred days out of the year, & sometimes more. Bilbao’s rainfall is even enshrined in a local word: sirimiri. It’s roughly equivalent to chipichipi in Mexico, or a New Englander’s it’s spitting — a light, constant, almost foglike rain, barely worth noticing, that leaves you soaked through by the time you get wherever you’re going. (Source: jimsligh.wordpress.com)

Meaning: Very light rain which is stronger than mist but weaker than a shower

How To Remember?

Try to remember this word by associating the sound with the name used to characterize this light rain – “Sirimiri“. Slight drizzle. Its such a beautiful word!

Synonyms?

Calabobos; Chirimiri.

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Word: Ingenuous

Ingenuous [Adjective]

Sentence: Miss Stanwyck gives a good surface performance of a destructively lurid female, but Mr. MacMurray is a bit too ingenuous as the gent who falls precipitately under her spell. And the ease of his fall is also questionable. One look at the lady’s ankles and he’s cooked. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Innocent & suspecting

How To Remember?

Ingenuous” should remind you of a genuine person who is upright and unsuspecting. He/she neither suspects nor resorts to chicanery. (Click here to check the meaning of “Chicanery”.) 

Synonyms?

Naive; Innocent; Simple; Childlike; Uncritical ; Unworldly.

Antonyms?

Disingenuous; Artful.

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[Consumerism & media thrive because of the ingenuous consumer!]

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