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TESTfunda Daily Wordlist 05-Jan-10

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nihilist [ NAHY-uh'-list ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. one who rebels against established laws and institutions
2. an anarchist
3. one who advocates that the destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The unruly mob led by the nihilists started destroying the council hall.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 In one of the funniest scenes in the film "The Big Lebowski," the hot-headed Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman, explains to the Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, how much he hates nihilists because they don't believe in anything, they have no "ethos."
CNN, Commentary: Ted Kennedy was a true believer, Julian E. Zelizer, 27 August 2009.
 
prolixity [ proh-LIK-si-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a verbose speech or piece of writing
2. tediously long-winded
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He received less marks in his composition paper due to the prolixity of his answers.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 But Tommy's contribution does serve to reinforce the message in the forefront of all our minds that constant vigilance is necessary to eliminate all unnecessary and superfluous examples of prolixity or verbosity.
BBC, Clear as mud: The plot thickens, 17 November 1998.
 
lewd [ lood ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. indecent
2. obscene or vulgar
3. lecherous
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The principal insisted that a measure of decorum had to be maintained on campus and warned that lewd behaviour in any form would not be tolerated.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The teenager grabbed her arm and made lewd suggestions.
BBC, Teenager sought over lewd remarks, 17 November 2009.
 
bravado [ bruh'-VAH-doh ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a false display of bravery
2. a pretentious show of courage
3. defiant behaviour
4. a disposition toward defiant behaviour or false display of bravery.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The bravado of the striking workers was effective as management conceded to most of their demands.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Suddenly all our bravado deserted us and we decided to turn back.
The Telegraph, Britain at War: It was very dark because of the blackout and suddenly all our bravado deserted us, 14 Aprol 2009.
 
defoliate [ v. dee-FOH-lee-eyt; adj. dee-FOH-lee-it, -eyt ]
 adjective, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to strip or remove the leaves from
2. (tr. v.) to cause the leaves to fall off
3. (intr. v.) to lose leaves
4. (adj.) having naturally lost its leaves
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He said the plants in his garden were defoliated because of caterpillars.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The larvae can defoliate berberis shrubs.
The Telegraph, Tree trouble ahead, Ursula Buchan, 19 March 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 05-Jan-10

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CAT Question of the Day
"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
—Mark Twain (1835-1910)

In this quotation the author is referring to:
OPTIONS
 
 1)a ground rule for tackling intractable people
 2)a mantra to succeed in life
 3)bringing attention to things that can go wrong
 4)choices we make in life
Tip of the Day
The ability to play different roles at different times in a GD will put you in good stead. Different situations in a GD will require you to have the mobility across roles.
Last year's Question of the day (05-Jan-09)
What is the approximate probability that two integers x and y chosen at random from 0 to 100 are such that x2 − 15x + 56 > 0 and |xy| > 60?
OPTIONS
 
 1)0.15
 2)0.20
 3)0.23
 4)0.25
 5)0.29
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January 04, 2010

Top Headlines

Haryana CM recommends withdrawal of Rathore's medal
In a letter to the Union home minister, Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said former DGP SPS Rathore has brought "disrepute" to the state.

SC refuses to quash case against Asaram Bapu
The Supreme Court has refused to quash the attempt to murder case registered against Gujarati spiritual guru Asaram Bapu.

Alert against Taliban-trained suicide bombers in Bihar, Kolkata
An alert has been sounded in the Eastern and East Central Railway zones after intelligence inputs suggested entry of Taliban-trained suicide squads.

Cities

CBI seeks narco test on Aarushi's parents
The CBI has sought permission of a local court to conduct narco tests on Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi Talwar.

Mumbai college expels 18 for ragging
A day after they were arrested on charges of ragging, 18 students of a medical college were expelled from the hostel.

Business

Going green: Tata's new mantra
If globalisation was the driving factor for Tata Group in the last decade, going green may well be the buzzword for the present one.

Positive start to 2010, Sensex up 94 pts
The BSE benchmark index Sensex commenced the new year on a promising note by adding nearly 94 points, following major rally in the auto and metals counters.

Sports

Kotla pitch was poor, not unfit: BCCI
Even as Ferozeshah Kotla's fate hangs in balance after the ODI fiasco, the BCCI is preparing a 'strong' reply to the ICC in the venue's defence.

Henin beats Petrova to win comeback match
Belgium's Henin made a triumphant return to professional tennis with a 7-5 7-5 win over Russia's Petrova at the Brisbane International.

Entertainment

SRK to share life on Twitter
After Karan Johar, Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta, now Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has joined social networking site Twitter.

3 Idiots may sue Chetan Bhagat
Director Rajkumar Hirani is flabbergasted by author Chetan Bhagat's allegation that "3 Idiots" was majorly copied from "Five Point Someone".

Infotech

No sex for Indians on Internet
India may have introduced the world to Kama Sutra but it looks like the country is not open to the delicate subject of sex on the Internet.

10 biggest technology failures
Launched with much fanfare and riding on lofty predictions, several products / companies failed to excite customers in the last 10 years.

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