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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: Abiturient

Abiturient [Noun]

Sentence: Each syllable counted. Each word had a power of which, until then, I had been oblivious. The air in the classroom was loaded with awareness. Till today mere boys, we discovered a might within ourselves that had remained hidden hitherto by our poor self-perception. All at once, every Abiturient was a well of knowledge, a source of ideas, a person of talent. (Source: The Oxymoron Factor: Franek: Stranger in My Land by Frank Stiffel)

Meaning: A student (especially in the German education system) who has just joined a university or is going to a university after having taken the secondary school final examination

Check the meaning of the word “Novaturient” by clicking here.

How To Remember?

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

Similarly, when we leave school to join a university, it indicates a new “turn” in our life. Thus, “Abiturient“!

Remember thus!

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Word: Ameliorate

Ameliorate [Verb]

Sentence: What the trio of economists found is that the spectacular growth in incomes at the peak has so outpaced the small increase at the bottom from public programs intended to ameliorate poverty and inequality that the gap between the wealthiest and everyone else has continued to widen. [Source: www.nytimes.com]

Meaning: Make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better

How To Remember?

You “rate” something in the hope that it becomes better, right? Or else, why go through the trouble of rating!

Alternatively, you can also remember it as the opposite of “deteriorate” which means to worsen things.

Synonyms?

Improve; Amend; Better; Enhance; Enrich; Help; Meliorate; Refine; Upgrade.

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Ameliorate your learning skills, buddy! 

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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: 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: Xenophile

Xenophile [Noun]

Sentence: For those who seek a wider picture a picture now critical for survival in an age of global economic crises and pandemics Zuckerman highlights the challenges, and the headway already made, in truly connecting people across cultures. From voracious xenophiles eager to explore other countries to bridge figures who are able to connect one culture to another, people are at the center of his vision for a true kind of cosmopolitanism. And it is people who will shape a new approach to existing technologies, and perhaps invent some new ones, that embrace translation, cross-cultural inspiration, and the search for new, serendipitous experiences. (Source: www.booksamillion.com)

Meaning: A person attracted to foreign people, culture and customs

How To Remember?

The suffix “-phile” refers to a person having fondness for something. Remember this always. Just “-phobe” is a suffix which refers to fear for something.

And “Xeno-” refers to foreign origin. So “Xenophile” would refer to someone who is fond of foreigners while “Xenophobe” would describe a person who dislikes foreigners.

Synonym?

Allophile (A close one!).

Antonym?

Xenophobe.

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[The ones welcoming refugees from other countries can be characterised as xenophiles.]

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Word: Anathema

Anathema [Noun]

Sentence: “Treating friends like investments or commodities is anathema to the whole idea of friendship,” said Ronald Sharp, a professor of English at Vassar College, who teaches a course on the literature of friendship. “It’s not about what someone can do for you, it’s who and what the two of you become in each other’s presence. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: Someone or something that is vehemently disliked

How To Remember?

Anathema” should remind you of anti-nationals who are vehemently disliked by their own countrymen. Remember thus!

Synonyms?

Abhorrent; Hateful; Odious; Repugnant; Repellent; Offensive; Abomination; Abhorrence; Aversion; Monstrosity; Outrage; Disgrace; Bane.

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[Is nostalgia anathema to evolution? Well!]

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