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penology [ pee-NOL-uh'-jee ]
 noun ]
 MEANING :
 1. (n.) the study of the deterrent and reformatory aspects of punishment of criminals
2. (n.) the study of the management procedures in prisons
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The warden feigned ignorance of penology and proclaimed that criminals were supposed to suffer for their crimes.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 As an acolyte of the hanging-is-not-punishment-enough school of penology, I feel that my views on the killers of Jamie Bulger deserve a hearing.
The Telegraph, There is hope for these boys - more punishment could end it, Dr Theodore Dalrymple, 6 July 2000.
 
discernible [ di-SUR-nuh'-buh'l ]
 adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. capable of being perceived
2. distinguishable
3. which can be seen or understood
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 As the fog descended upon the town the people walking on the streets were barely discernible from the balcony.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 On the other hand there was also a discernible inclination amongst some SOE officers to be associated with a spectacular, war-winning coup de main operation.
BBC, The Foxley Report: Secret Operations in World War Two, Mark Seaman, 5 November 2005.
 
destitute [ DES-ti-toot ]
 adjective, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) having no means of subsistence or lacking food, shelter and clothing
2. (adj.) deprived of
3. (adj.) impoverished or penniless
4. (tr.v.) to leave destitute
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The government has set up shelters where volunteers take care of destitute people.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Two centuries after independence, however, Haiti is the battered pauper of the Americas and unimaginably destitute after the earthquake.
Telegraph, Haiti: enslaved by its dark history , By Ian Thomson, 14 Jan 2010
 
giddy [ GID-ee ]
 verb, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) dizzy or causing dizziness
2. (adj.) frivolous
3. (v.) to become or make dizzy
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 He felt giddy after the ride on the merry-go-round.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Republicans have been downright giddy following the off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey.
CNN, Are Republicans too giddy? Julian E. Zelizer, 10 November 2010.
 
elliptical [ i-LIP-ti-kuh'l  ]
 noun, adjective ]
 MEANING :
 1. (adj.) oval in shape or pertaining to an oval
2. (adj.) expressed briefly or without irrelevant matter
3. (adj.) tending to be obscure, ambiguous or cryptic while speaking or writing
4. (n.) a type of galaxy in the shape of a spheroid rather than a disk
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 Most of the members voiced their preference for an elliptical swimming pool rather than a circular one.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 Compared to the Solar System, most extrasolar systems look odd, with planets in very small or very elliptical orbits.
The telegraph, Discovery of new planets raises hopes of other life in universe, 14 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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 2)7
 3)−7
 4)
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Do not get into an argument during the group discussion. It does not help the group, and is especially negative for you.
Last year's Question of the day (01-Feb-09)
A word is highlighted in the sentence given below. Choose the option whose meaning is closest in meaning to the highlighted word.

His writings, which began as a schoolboy's jottings for the amusement of classmates, continued into adulthood, although he describes his youthful work as the musings of a dilettante.
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 1)An admirer or lover of the fine arts.
 2)One who regards an art or branch of knowledge with wonder, pleasure, or approval.
 3)One who follows an art sporadically, superficially, or for amusement only.
 4)One who has a high opinion about a branch of art or study.
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