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TESTfunda Daily Wordlist 20-Dec-09

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20-Dec-09
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hypercritical [ hahy-per-KRIT-i-kuh'l ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. excessively harsh in judgement
2. overcritical or meticulous evaluation
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The board of directors were hypercritical about the performance report because it seemed too good to be true.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Armed Forces minister Adam Ingram accused Mr Kilfoyle of being "hypercritical" of the US administration.
BBC, Son of Star Wars 'threatens stability', 16 January 2002.
 
barb [ bahrb ]
 noun, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a pointed part projecting backward from a main point, like a fishhook or arrowhead
2. (n.) an unpleasant or caustic remark
3. (tr. v.) to provide with a barb
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He erected a fence of barbed wire around his property.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Craig Brown is the foremost British satirist of his generation. From the Archbishop of Canterbury to Victoria Beckham, no one is safe from the barbs of his comedy.
The Telegraph, Craig Brown, 29 November 2008.
 
ensue [ en-SOO ]
 intransitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. to follow as a consequence
2. to follow in order or succession
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The principal warned the students that if they did not obey the rules punishment would ensue.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The militants fired at the officers with pistols at close range and fled away in the confusion that ensued, said Farooq Ahmad, inspector general of police in Kashmir.
CNN, Militants attack police officers in Srinagar, Mukhtar Ahmad, 2 November 2009.
 
exalt [ ig-ZAWLT ]
 transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. to elevate or raise in rank
2. to honour or glorify
3. to stimulate
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The moral of the story was that the humble would be exalted and praised by all.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Unlike the House of Commons, where the governing minister is part of the parliamentary body, in America, the President represents both the government and something more exalted.
Commentary: Why we don't heckle the president, John Feehery, 10 September 2009.
 
piety [ PAHY-i-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. devotion to God
2. the state of showing reverence for God or an act of devotion
3. dutiful respect for parents
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Some tourists who attended the Sunday prayer service in that village were impressed by the piety of the local people.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Her aim was not militaristic, but she recognised that boys responded more enthusiastically to a uniformed organisation kept busy with Army activities than they did to the evangelising movements of the time that sought to 'rescue' the deserving poor through high-mindedness and piety.
The Telegraph, The young guns of the Army Cadet Force who will be the soldiers of tomorrow, 12 November 2009.
 
Spelled Pronunciation Key
Stress marks: [ CAPS ] indicates the primary stressed syllable, as in newspaper [NOOZ-pey-per ] and information [ in-fer-MEY-shuh' n ]
CONSONANTS
[b] boy, baby, rob
[d] do, ladder, bed
[f] food, offer, safe
[g] get, bigger, dog
[h] happy, ahead
[j] jump, budget, age
[k] can, speaker, stick
[l] let, follow, still
[m] make, summer, time
[n] no, dinner, thin
[ng] singer, think, long
[p] put, apple, cup
[r] run, marry, far, store
[s] sit, city, passing, face
[sh] she, station, push
[t] top, better, cat
[ch] church, watching, nature, witch
[th] thirsty, nothing, math
[th'] this, mother, breathe
[v] very, seven, love
[w] wear, away
[hw] where, somewhat
[y] yes, onion
[z] zoo, easy, buzz
[zh] measure, television, beige
 
VOWELS
[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day
[ah] arm, father, aha
[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e] ever, head, get
[ee] eat, see, need
[eer] ear, hero, beer
[er] teacher, afterward, murderer
[i] it, big, finishes
[ahy] I, ice, hide, deny
[o] odd, hot, woffle
[oh] owe, road, below
[oo] ooze, food, soup, sue
[oo'] good, book, put
[oi] oil, choice, toy
[ou] out, loud, how
[uh] up, mother, mud
[uh'] about, animal, problem, circus
[ur] early, bird, stirring
 
FOREIGN SOUNDS
[a*] Fr. ami
[kh*] Scot. loch, Ger. ach or ich
[œ] Fr. feu, Ger. schön
[r*] Fr. au revoir, Yiddish rebbe
[uh*] Fr. oeuvre
[y*] Fr. tu, Ger. über
 
SAMPLE NASALIZED VOWELS
[an*] Fr. bien
[ahn*] Fr. croissant
[awn*] Fr. bon
[œn*] Fr. parfum
[in*] Port. Principe
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TESTfunda - CAT Question of the Day 20-Dec-09

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20-Dec-09
CAT Question of the Day
Which of the following sentences draws a metaphor?
OPTIONS
 
 1)The speech was as good as a reflection of King's evolving political advocacy in his later years, which paralleled the teachings of the progressive Highlander Research and Education Center, with whom King was affiliated.
 2)The trip to India affected King in a profound way, deepening his understanding of non-violent resistance and his commitment to America's struggle for civil rights.
 3)In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.
 4)In his speech, "I have a dream" the message put forth by Martin Luther King is that opportunity is the currency of the American dream.
 5)King believed that organized, nonviolent protest against the system of southern segregation known as Jim Crow laws would lead to extensive media coverage of the struggle for black equality and voting rights.
Tip of the Day
Don't make your interview a stress interview. It is up to the panelist to decide how your performance was. Let them do their job. You do yours as best as you can.
Last year's Question of the day (20-Dec-08)
If a, b, c are whole numbers, and ab + bc + ca = 17 and ac + ca = 17, what could be the possible sum of a and c?
OPTIONS
 
 1)17
 2)18
 3)0
 4)11
 5)None of these
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December 19, 2009

Top Headlines

Nitin Gadkari takes over as president of the BJP
The 52-year-old leader succeeds Rajnath Singh to become the youngest president of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the first one from Maharashtra.

Original visa application form of Headley 'retrieved'
The original visa application form of Pakistani-origin terror suspect David Coleman Headley, has been "retrieved" from the record room of the Indian Consulate in Chicago.

Developing nations reject US-led climate deal
Several developing nations rejected climate deal worked out by US President Obama and four emerging economies including India.

Cities

Robbers open fire in Delhi market, one killed
According to the police, four bike-borne assailants shot dead a businessman and injured two others in one of the crowded markets of Sadar Bazar.

Cyber cafe staffer held for buying cellphone via customer's a/c
CID has arrested a Hyderabad cyber cafe staffer who fraudulently bought a cell phone handset by making online payment through a customer's bank account.

Business

Air traffic picks up in October
The global airline yields also appear to have improved marginally, as premium travel numbers declined by 9.3% in October compared with a 13.9% fall in September.

Fresh buying leads to recovery in gold
Gold prices recovered at the bullion market on Saturday sparked by stockists and jewellers buying supported by rising trend in international markets.

Sports

Dhoni banned for 2 ODIs, Sehwag to lead
Virender Sehwag was named captain of the Indian team for the next two ODIs against Sri Lanka after MS Dhoni was banned for the team's slow over-rate.

Saina, Chetan reach finals of Syed Modi GP
Shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Chetan Anand did not break sweat and sailed into the finals of the Syed Modi International Grand Prix tournament.

Entertainment

'My Name Is Khan' not about terrorism: Karan Johar
Director-producer Karan Johar said that his forthcoming film 'My Name Is Khan', that has Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in main leads, has nothing to do with terrorism.

Akshay runs for Canadians
Actor Akshay Kumar announced that he would make a cross-cultural film on Canada with ice hockey as the theme even as he ran for the Winter Olympic torch relay.

Infotech

Google fined $14,300 a day
A Paris court has ruled that Google Inc's expansion into digital books breaks France's copyright laws and slapped with a euro10,000-a-day fine.

Costliest iPhone has Kashmir gold
The phone ships with a seven kg chest crafted from a single block of granite, offset with Kashmir gold and lined with Nubuck leather on the inside.

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