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TESTfunda Daily Wordlist 18-Jan-10

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intrigue [ v. in-TREEG; n. in-TREEG, IN-treeg ]
 noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) a scheme or the practice of secret underhand schemes
2. (intr. v.) to plot or engage in secret underhand schemes
3. (tr. v.) to effect by secretly plotting and scheming
4. (tr. v.) to arouse the curiosity of
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He lost his job as he was unprepared for the intrigue of his co-workers.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The prelude to this match had more intrigue, plots and subplots than a week in Westminster.
The Telegraph, Birmingham City 1 West Ham United 0: match report, Sandy Macaskill, 13 December 2009.
 
pugnacity [ puhg-NAS-i-tee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a tendency to be hostile
2. aggressiveness
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He was the quiet and unassuming type, but when cornered by the bully he reacted with pugnacity.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 There was a widespread expectation that after two horrible days for the Government, he would find this his most embarrassing Prime Minister's Questions yet, but Mr Brown instead seized the chance to show steadiness and pugnacity under fire.
The Telegraph, Pugnacious Gordon Brown piles into attackers, Andrew Gimson, 22 November 2007.
 
insubstantial [ in-suh'b-STAN-shuh'l ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. insufficient or lacking in size and quantity
2. weak or flimsy or delicate
3. unreal or lacking form
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 They had to organize another charity performance because of the insubstantial amount collected during the first fundraiser.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The American financiers Endgame Entertainment liked the script and the cast and the director; this, together with the not insubstantial contribution of the BBC, was enough to enable the film to happen.
The Telegraph, Nick Hornby on An Education, 23 October 2009.
 
toga [ TOH-guh' ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. a loose one-piece outer garment worn by male citizens of Rome in ancient times
2. a ceremonial or professional gown or robe
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He wore a toga to the costume party.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Senators were recognised by a toga with a broad purple stripe, while the equestrian wore a toga with a narrow purple stripe and a gold finger ring.
BBC, Social Pecking Order in the Roman World, Dr Valerie Hope, 5 November 2009.
 
gawk [ gawk ]
 noun, intransitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to gape or stare foolishly at
2. (n.) an awkward foolish person
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 His poor results prompted his parents to ask if did any studying in college or spent the time gawking at the pretty girls.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 It appears that through his many hours waiting, being gawked at by tourists and quizzed by journalists, he has developed a certain cynicism.
BBC, Camping out for the Clones, Peter Bowes, 13 May, 2002
 
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 18-Jan-10

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CAT Question of the Day
There are 7 coins on a table, all tails up. If you can flip over exactly two at a time, the number of flips to change them all to heads is
OPTIONS
 
 1)8
 2)3
 3)7
 4)5
 5)None of these
Tip of the Day
In your Personal interview, you may be asked a lot of questions about your current place of work. It helps to have all the details you can lay your hands on and be prepared for any question about your company.
Last year's Question of the day (18-Jan-09)
The question below contains a number of sentences. Each sentence has pairs of word(s)/phrases that are highlighted. From the highlighted word(s)/phrase(s), select the most appropriate word(s)/phrase(s) to form correct sentences. Then, from the options given, choose the best one.

(i) The students appeared completely uninterested (A) / disinterested (B) in the course.
(ii) I found the gathering at his birthday party quite amiable (A) / amicable (B).
(iii) The student found her friend's comments incipient (A) / insipid (B)- and ignored them.
(iv) The invalid had a vehicle specially (A) / especially (B) made for him.
(v) The speaker appeared well prepared for his extemporaneous (A) / impromptu (B) speech.
OPTIONS
 
 1)BABAB
 2)ABAAB
 3)ABBAB
 4)AABBA
 5)BBBBA
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January 17, 2010

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Former West Bengal CM Jyoti Basu dies at 95
Former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu died in Kolkata on Sunday. Basu's vital organs — brain, kidney, liver, lungs and heart had started sinking on Friday.

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