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TESTfunda Daily Wordlist 07-Jan-10

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prolific [ pruh'-LIF-ik ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. producing abundantly or very fruitful
2. highly productive
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He was a prolific author of murder mysteries and many of his books were on the best-seller list.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 When he finally retired, having become the most prolific batsman in the history of the game (67,057 runs if you count his domestic one-day performances) it was inevitable he would become a coach and national selector.
The Telegraph, South Africa v England: Alastair Cook shapes up well under Graham Gooch, Simon Hughes, 18 December 2009.
 
anthropologist [ an-thruh'-POL-uh'-jist ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a person who specializes in the scientific study of the development of humans, like origin, physical, social and cultural aspects
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The child stated that he would like to be an anthropologist when he grew up.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 It was after hearing about that uproar that American anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, decided to release the tape of the interview she conducted with Hiss in 2000, Israel's Channel 2 reported.
CNN, Israel harvested organs without permission, officials say, 21 December 2009.
 
spruce [ sproos ]
 noun, adjective, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) any evergreen, coniferous tree or the like or the wood of such a tree
2. (tr. v.) to make neat or smart in appearance
3. (adj.) neat and smart in appearance
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The teacher told the shabbily dressed child to spruce up a bit.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 All three suffered a period of decline in the 20th century, but have since gone to great lengths to spruce up their main streets, lined with 18th- and 19th-century buildings running perpendicular to the Hudson River.
CNN, 3 Northeastern weekend escapes, Peter Jon Lindberg, Heather Smith MacIsaac and Meeghan Truelove, 3 November 2009.
 
bristling [ BRIS-uh'ling ]
 verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. to become erect or stiff like bristles
2. to be aroused
3. to become irritated
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He was bristling with rage after the manager of the department store refused to acknowledge his complaint.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 In a move that belied the insecurity of China's rulers, the general public were ordered to stay at home and watch the goose-stepping ranks of soldiers and the bristling array of tanks, unmanned drones and ballistic missiles on their televisions.
The Telegraph, China review of 2009, 15 December 2009.
 
solemnity [ suh'-LEM-ni-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. gravity or impressiveness
2. a formality that renders an act or document valid
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The fun and frolic of the celebration contrasted with the solemnity of the prayer service.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 For all the solemnity of the setting, and the grandeur of hymns that included Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee, My Country, WO1 Chant's funeral was a personal service.
The Telegraph, Daughter's tears at funeral of Darren Chant, shot dead in Afghanistan, 2 December 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 07-Jan-10

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CAT Question of the Day
Which set of words does not contain only collective nouns:  
OPTIONS
 
 1)crew, troupe, battery
 2)team, band, clique
 3)coterie, skein, wad
 4)bevy, gang, light
Tip of the Day
Spend a lot of time preparing for the first and the most important question of your Personal Interview – 'Tell us something about yourself.'
Last year's Question of the day (07-Jan-09)
A question is followed by two statements, A and B. Answer the question using the following instructions:

Mark (1) if the question can be answered by using the statement A alone but not by using the statement B alone.

Mark (2) if the question can be answered by using the statement B alone but not by using the statement A alone.

Mark (3) if the question can be answered by using either of the statements alone.

Mark (4) if the question can be answered by using both the statements together but not by either of the statements alone.

Mark (5) if the question cannot be answered on the basis of the two statements.


What are the roots of the cubic equation x3 − 3x2 + cx + d = 0, where c and d are non zero real numbers?

  1. One root of the equation is 4i  (where i2 = −1).
  2. Two roots of the equation are equal but opposite in sign

OPTIONS
 
 1)1
 2)2
 3)3
 4)4
 5)5
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January 06, 2010

Top Headlines

Cop killed, 3 civilians hurt in Srinagar attack; gunbattle on
A police constable was killed and three civilians, were injured as terrorists struck in the heart of Srinagar, entering a hotel lobbing grenades. Exchange of fire is on.

Amar Singh resigns as general secretary of Samajwadi Party
Amar Singh resigned as general secretary and from other posts in Samajwadi Party citing "health reasons" amid speculation over differences with Mulayam Singh.

Acts of violence common in big cities: Australian deputy PM
As India issued a travel advisory for Australia following the attacks on its citizens, Oz deputy PM Julia Gillard insisted that her country is safe.

Cities

Russian rape case: Main accused John Fernandes surrenders
John Fernandes, accused of raping a 25-year-old Russian girl last month, surrendered before the Goa crime branch on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Four children killed in Delhi slum fire
A fire in the Priyanka Camp slum of Sarita Vihar in south Delhi killed four children on Wednesday, an official said. All four were from the same family.

Business

Wipro tops list of H-1B visa professionals in 2009
With 1,964 H-1B visas in 2009, Indian IT major Wipro has topped the list of firms that got the coveted US visas for highly skilled professionals.

Sensex closes 15 points up, maintains 23-month high
After opening 104 points higher, the Sensex gained to shut the shop for the day with a meagre gain of 14.89 points to 17,701.13, a level last seen on Feb 21, 2008.

Sports

Injury-plagued Lanka recall Jayawardene
Sri Lanka have recalled Mahela Jayawardene and two other players as injury cover for the ongoing Tri-series in Bangladesh, a senior team official said.

Henin reaches quarter-finals in comeback tournament
Justine Henin overcame some service problems to reach the quarter-finals in her comeback tournament with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sesil Karatantcheva.

Entertainment

Nandita Das marries, moves to Mumbai
Nandita has finally made Mumbai her home, post her marriage to entrepreneur Subodh Maskara. She said, "What I resisted doing for 13 long years has finally been done."

George Clooney to tie the knot?
Rumours are doing the rounds that Hollywood star George Clooney is planning to tie the knot with his Italian girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis.

Infotech

Google launches Nexus One phone
Google Inc unveiled Nexus One, a smartphone that it will sell directly to consumers, aiming to boost its position in the emerging mobile Internet market.

Airtel warns of fraudulent calls
In an advisory, Airtel said its customers are arbitrarily being targeted by callers who pretend to be calling on Airtel's behalf to inform the recipient that he has won a lottery.

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