Words from the Press 31st Jan 2012

Parties see wave, but it may not be anti-incumbent

Incumbent

Incumbent means in relation to duties or obligations. This word is used many times within political circles. It is a very well motivated word.

adjective

1. Imposed as an obligation or duty; obligatory: felt it was incumbent on us all to help.
2. Lying, leaning, or resting on something else: incumbent rock strata.
3. Currently holding a specified office: the incumbent mayor.
noun
A person who holds an office or ecclesiastical benefice: The incumbent was reelected to another term.
Usage :
The incumbent prime minister of India is actually honest. (I believe so….)
Being incumbent is boring….(True…..)

Words from the Press 30th Jan 2012

Ranbir rocks, Vidya sizzles

 

Sizzle

 

From the middle English Sizzen which means to hiss or buzz. It is used in that context of the sound described and is also used to describe something considered sexy; as in it is so hot that it is sizzling.

 

verb

 

1. To make the hissing sound characteristic of frying fat.
2. To seethe with anger or indignation.
3. To be very hot: a summer day that sizzled.
noun
A hissing sound.
Usage :
The eggs sizzled in the pan. (They do….)
I sizzle all the time. (Hehehehehe….had to write that.)

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All-Star Superman

PART 1

Page 3

Shattering : Breaking in many pieces. Meant to say, absolutely broken.

Convection Zone : The convection zone of a star is the range of radii in which energy is transported primarily by convection. In the radiation zone, energy is transported by radiation. Stellar convection consists of mass movement of plasma within the star which usually forms a circular convection current with the heated plasma ascending and the cooled plasma descending.

1. Core
2. Radiative zone
3. Convective zone
4. Photosphere
5. Chromosphere
6. Corona
7. Sunspot
8. Granules

9. Prominence

Steak : A slice of meat, typically beef, usually cut thick and across the muscle grain and served broiled or fried.

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Words from the Press 25th Jan 2012

The Republic Loses to the mob

This is an allusion, and a very clever one at that. The first allusion, obviously, is that our Republic day is approaching and we can check the plight of a ‘free’ India. The second is is a reference to Roman times. In ancient Rome, whoever controlled the mob of Rome, controlled the entire Republic. And all dictators known to Rome, Caesar, Pompey or even Marius had that one thing in common. They would appease the mob, and then rule the Republic. Think this hints to the crowd pleasing the politicians are doing as of now.

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Words from the Press 24th Jan 2012

Shoe hurled

Hurled

Hurl comes form the old German word Hurlen which mean to violently collide with each other. Hurl carries that meaning today, but with only one point of force, as in now the hurl is about two objects colliding, but with the emphasis of force on only one.

verb

1. To throw with great force; fling.
2. To send with great vigor; thrust: hurled the army against the enemy.
3. To throw down; overthrow.
4. To utter vehemently: hurled insults at the speaker.
5. Slang To vomit (the contents of the stomach).

 

noun

1. the act or an instance of hurling
2. Scot a ride in a driven vehicle
Usage :
I hurled the vase on the wall. (Once….rage issues….)
He hurled himself on one side to avoid the bullets. (A person dodging bullets)
(The sport of hurling…..)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol I

PART 1

Empire Dreams

PAGE 1

Panel 1

Dover

A port in South East England, in E Kent on the Strait of Dover: the only one of the Cinque Ports that is still important; a stronghold since ancient times and Caesar’s first point of attack in the invasion of Britain (55 bc).

Panel 5

(The matchbox)

John Bull : John Bull is a national personification of Britain in general and England in particular, especially in political cartoons and similar graphic works. He is usually depicted as a stout, middle-aged, country dwelling, jolly, matter-of-fact man.

Simply no Match

This is wordplay. Literally speaking simply no match is an idiomatic usage which means something that is the best. And the product happens to be matches.

Bryant and May

It is an actual match producing company that was formulated in the middle of the 19th century.

It is also the name of a detective horror mysteries written by Christopher Fowler.

Panel 7

Remarkable : Something worthy of notice.

Page Summary

This page serves to introduce us to two of the major characters in this graphic novel series. The first of these is a male gentleman called Campion Bond. He works for British Intelligence and we could link his name to the famous James Bond, who was also in the service of British Intelligence. Campion Bond could be considered the predecessor of James Bond according to the novel’s Universe. Also the entire first page closely resembles the starting of the first Bond Movie, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as James Bond.

(Earliest known image of James Bond)

The other person introduced to us is Miss Wilhelmina Murray who is a character from the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. She was to wed the man Dracula had enticed to his lands in Central Europe (Transylvania). Miss Murray travelled there nursed him back to health, came back to England, got bitten by Dracula, Managed to track and get Dracula killed and was spared the curse of being another Dracula. Her fate since is unknown.

(Miss Murray)

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Words from the Press 23rd Jan 2012

Kashmir zealots push christians into the valley of fear while politicos silent on row over proselytization.

 

Zealot

 

A zealot was originally a member of a militant 1st century Jewish sect which fiercely resisted the Romans in Palestine. The meaning today is of a person who is very committed to a cause.

 

noun

 

a. One who is zealous, especially excessively so.
b. A fanatically committed person.
Usage :
I am a regular zealot when it comes to cleanliness. (False….)
Zealots are people with extreme convictions. (True that….)

The Sandman Cometh! Vol 1 : Preludes and nocturnes

Part 1

Sleep of the Just

Page 1

Panel 1

Wych Cross : Wych Cross is a real town in East Sussex, about 50 km southeast of London. The Wych is alluding to Witch and also subtly informing the reader to understand the feel and the tone of the book.

Figurine on either side of the gate : It resembles a gargoyle. Gargoyle is a grotesque statue that in the medieval period would be responsible for diverting excess water. Soon they became ornamental and increasingly grotesque and that is exactly how we remember them as, today. Soon they got attached mythologies and acquired mystical meaning.

(Notice how the mouth of this gargoyle is actually an opening for water to flow through)

(The modern ornamental variety)

 

Panel 2

Dozed off : To have suddenly and without realizing fall asleep, usually for a short while.

Panel 8

Study : Here the word study is not referring to the act or activity of studying, rather it refers to a room intended or equipped for studying or writing.

(This is a study!)

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Schedule from 23rd January 2012

1:30pm-3:30pm: Number System Review Test

[New module "Verbal Logic" will start from Tuesday, 24th Jan. 2012]

2pm-4pm: Verbal Logic Module Test

[New module: "Ratio" will start from Tuesday, 24th Jan. 2012].

4pm-6pm: Geometry (Contd.)

4pm-6pm: Ratio (Contd.)

6pm-8pm: Data Interpretation (New module)

6pm-8pm: Number System review Test.

[New module "Verbal Logic" will start from Tuesday, 24th Jan. 2012]

Words from the Press 22nd Jan 2012

They have indulged in vendetta politics.

 

Indulge

 

This word comes from the Latin word ‘Indulgere’ which means ‘being complaisant’. The meaning of the word is akin to ‘to treat with an unearned favor’. that is the root of the word for all its definitions.

 

verb

 

1. To yield to the desires and whims of, especially to an excessive degree; humor.

2.

a. To yield to; gratify: indulge a craving for chocolate.
b. To allow (oneself) unrestrained gratification: indulged herself with idle daydreams.
3. Roman Catholic Church To grant an ecclesiastical indulgence or dispensation to.
Usage :
I love to indulge myself. (All the time…)
My greatest indulgence is chocolates. (Darker the better…..)

Words from the Press 21st Jan 2012

Government reviews verdict, mulls amendments

 

Review

 

Review comes from the Latin word ‘Revidere’ which means ‘to see again’. Review means to go over something, again, with intent to see how it functions or to better its functionality by changing it. Review has a lot of other meaning attached to it….all emanating from the root ‘to see’.

 

verb

 

1. To look over, study, or examine again.
2. To consider retrospectively; look back on.
3. To examine with an eye to criticism or correction: reviewed the research findings.
4. To write or give a critical report on (a new work or performance, for example).
5. Law To reexamine (an action or determination) judicially, especially in a higher court, in order to correct possible errors.
6. To subject to a formal inspection, especially a military inspection.
noun
1. A reexamination or reconsideration.
2. A retrospective view or survey.

3.

a. A restudying of subject matter.
b. An exercise for use in restudying material.
4. An inspection or examination for the purpose of evaluation.

5.

a. A report or essay giving a critical estimate of a work or performance.
b. A periodical devoted to articles and essays on current affairs, literature, or art.

6.

a. A formal military inspection.
b. A formal military ceremony held in honor of a person or occasion.
7. Law A judicial reexamination, especially by a higher court, of an action or determination.
8. A musical show consisting of often satirical skits, songs, and dances; a revue.
Usage :
While reviewing my performance, I was amazed to see how consistently I had topped. (Almost always……)
Reviews are important to any application. (True that….)

Words from the Press 19th Jan 2012

HC indicts spiteful Modi

 

Indict

 

This comes from the Old English word Enditer which meant to dictate or inform. Indict, today, is used to accuse a person and charge them with a felony or something.

 

verb

 

1. To accuse of wrongdoing; charge: a book that indicts modern values.
2. Law To make a formal accusation or indictment against (a party) by the findings of a jury, especially a grand jury.

 

Usage :

 

I have been indicted on numerous occasions, but have always been found not guilty. (Hehehe….true….)

 

Indictment is something I am used to. (Any Indian politician)

 

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Words from the Press 17th Jan 2012

Facing SC contempt, Pak PM turns to allies

 

Contempt

 

From the Latin word ‘contemptibilis’ which means worthy of scorn. Contempt is something that you hate, but without the anger or the burn and with a lot of condescension. That is contempt..

 

noun

 

1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn.
2. The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.
3. Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
Usage :
I have contempt for stupid people. (I do…)
The contempt I feel for democracies cannot be expressed. (True story….)

 

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Words from the Press 18th Jan 2012

Portugal SC rejects Salem’s extradition

 

Extradition

 

Extradition is a word coined by the famous French philosopher, Voltaire. He combined ‘ex’ which means out and ‘traditionem’ and the word means to hand over, to deliver. This word means to surrender a fugitive caught by an authority to another authority.

 

noun

 

Legal surrender of a fugitive to the jurisdiction of another state, country, or government for trial.

 

Usage :

The extradition of Abu Salem seems to be developing problems. (True story….)

 

Extradition is a word I hope never to be associated with. (True story)

 

(Countries with an extradition treaty with the UK)

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