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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: 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: 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: 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!

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

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

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