Words from the Press 28th Feb 2012

India send special envoy to Oslo to end custody row




This comes from the French word ‘Envoyee’ which literally means one who is sent. The meaning of the word is one who is sent to represent any authority and to make decisions and convey them on the authority’s behalf. An envoy is a very valued person who will be granted special rights, etc.




1. A representative of a government who is sent on a special diplomatic mission.
2. A minister plenipotentiary assigned to a foreign embassy, ranking next below the ambassador.
3. A messenger; an agent.
Usage :
India’s envoys leave a lot to be desired. (True that….)
As an envoy, you must be highly adept at making decisions within the framework provided to you. (Gyaan…)
(Persian envoy…..)

Words from the Press 27th Feb 2012

India turn a Nobbs, enter Olympics with an 8-1 flourish




Flourish comes from the word ‘Flos’ which means a flower. The sense changed to man something that thrives with all the gaiety and grandeur of a flower opening. The word is used to denote something that thrives. It is a very beautiful and hopeful word.




1. To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive: The crops flourished in the rich soil.
2. To do or fare well; prosper: “No village on the railroad failed to flourish” (John Kenneth Galbraith).
3. To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence: a poet who flourished in the tenth century.
4. To make bold, sweeping movements: The banner flourished in the wind.
1. A dramatic or stylish movement, as of waving or brandishing: “A few … musicians embellish their performance with a flourish of the fingers” (Frederick D. Bennett).
2. An embellishment or ornamentation: a signature with a distinctive flourish.
3. An ostentatious act or gesture: a flourish of generosity.
4. Music A showy or ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare.
Usage :
I flourish under pressure. (True that…)
One must learn to flourish, anything else is not worth it. (Gyaan…)

Continue reading

Words from the Press 26th Feb 2012

Nair writes to PMO : being made scapegoats, order re-probe.




Scapegoat comes from an old Bible story where a goat was sent out to be punished on account of the sins committed by the people around an area. Ever since then, anyone or anything that is made to take the blame for something they had nothing to do with are referred to as scapegoats.




1. One that is made to bear the blame of others.
2. Bible A live goat over whose head Aaron confessed all the sins of the children of Israel on the Day of Atonement. The goat, symbolically bearing their sins, was then sent into the wilderness.
Usage :
I was always made the scapegoat by my elder brothers. (true that….)
It takes courage and readiness to volunteer to be a scapegoat. (And a lot of stupidity….)

The Killing Joke….. explained.

Lunatic : Suffering from lunacy; insane.


Asylum An institution for the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.


Avert : Avoid


Berserk Destructively or frenetically violent; as in a berserk worker who started smashing all the windows. Derived from the feared Germanic Berserkers.

(A berserker)

Continue reading

Words from the Press 25th Feb 2012

Swargate terminus lacks round the clock security




This comes from the Latin word of the same spelling which means end or the boundary line. A terminus can be considered as the end point of a journey. When applied to buses or trains or planes it becomes their final destination point and therefore the point they all congregate to. Thereby calling it a terminus, as in the place where their journey ends. Also Terminus was the Greek God of boundaries.




1. The final point; the end.
2. An end point on a transportation line or the town in which it is located.

3.a. A boundary or border.

b. A stone or post marking a border.
Usage :
All bus terminus’s in India are very filthy. (True that…)
Terminus seems like a very exciting prospect. (Gyaan…)
(The God Terminus….)

Words from the Press 24th feb 2012

Avalanche buries 16 armymen in J&K.




This word comes from the Swiss word ‘Avalantze’ which simply means descent. Avalanche means a sliding of a very massive amount of rock or snow off a mountain and onto the valley below. Avalanches are very dangerous and have caused many deaths. Also avalanche is more powerful and way scarier than a landslide. Avalanche is usually used to denote a massive slide of snow.




1. A fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside.
2. A massive or overwhelming amount; a flood: received an avalanche of mail.
Usage :
I have lost a friend in an avalanche. (True that….)
Avalanches are increasing in frequency due to rising world temperatures. (True that….)


Continue reading

Arkham Asylum……explained (HAHAHAHAHA)


Haunting : Continually recurring to the mind; unforgettable: a haunting melody. Used in the context of ghosts as they are supposed to keep coming to the same spot that they have originally been to. Haunting has nothing to do with otherworldliness or anything paranormal; only when used in conjection with ghosts does that meaning come out, else no.

Melancholy : Sadness or depression of the spirits. Thereby this means that it is the kind of depression that sort of becomes part of your personality. Also that it is deep seated and not the temporary kind. Melancholy people are the kind you wish would feel better just as they are so damn sad all the damn time…..



Fathomless : Fathom is a measure used to denote marine depths. One fathom is 6 feet. Also a fathom has the meaning of something that is understood, but in the way of slow deep understanding, as if you were descending fathom after fathom into the sea and finally understanding what it is all about. SO fathomless means something whose understanding it is impossible to gain as its depth is infinite.

Portents An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen.

Inmate : Prisoner, convicted felon serving time….

Continue reading

Words from the Press 23rd Feb 2012

New center-state feud.




This word comes from old English and Scottish. It comes from the word ‘fede’ which means a quarrel or hostility or simply enmity. The usage of the word today is pretty much along the same lines. Feud means the quarrel between two people or groups which has gone for a long time or which is expected to go on for a long time and probably span over a few generations. Feud is tough to justify but easy to follow.




A bitter, often prolonged quarrel or state of enmity, especially such a state of hostilities between two families or clans.




To carry on or perpetuate a bitter quarrel or state of enmity.


Usage :


We have a blood feud with the Ahluwalia clan. (Punjab village feuds…true..)


A feud is a waste of time. (True that….)


Continue reading

Words from the Press 22nd Feb 2012

No plan to defang EC




Defang is a word formed by joining de and fang. Fang is the carnivorous teeth of an animal or the teeth used by certain animals (snakes) to inject poison in its victims. The word is used to mean the removal of the fangs or the undermining of a powerful organization by removing a lot of its powers, effectively ‘defanging’ it.




1. To remove the fangs of (a snake, for example).
2. To undermine the strength or power of; make ineffectual: an attempt to defang the opposition.
Usage :
I got used to being defanged by my parents. (True story….)
The British sought to defang the Indian Independence movement by imprisoning Gandhi. (True story….)

(The Bayani Warriors present the popular Filipino Kali concept of “Defanging the Snake”. Quite possibly the most popular technique in FMA circles, the Bayani Warrior crew explains the tactic as well as misconceptions regarding the tactic itself. Also shown are the various applications of the Defang the Snake method.)

Continue reading

Words from the Press 21st Feb 2012

50 pilots resign in one week, leave Kingfisher high and dry.


High and Dry


High and dry is an idiom which can alternatively mean something which is kept away from a difficult situation or even something that has been left in an uncomfortable isolated place which would affect it adversely. The meaning is derived from those who would seek higher ground to escape floods, therefore being high and thus dry.




Fig. safe; unbothered by difficulties; unscathed. (As if someone or something were safe from a flood. See also leavesomeone high and dry.) While the riot was going on down on the streets, I was high and dry in my apartment. Liz came out of the argument high and dry.


Usage :


My treachery left my people high and dry. (A cool traitor…)


The sudden depression left many budding companies high and dry. (2008 depression)


Continue reading

Words from the Press 20th Feb 2012

Dhoni fumes over 3rd umpiring confusion




Fume comes from the Latin word Fumus which means smoke or steam. Fume means vapours which are harmful or which are in such voluminous a quantity that they appear threatening. t also means getting extremely angry, as in fuming. Also fume is more of impotent rage than anything.




1. Vapor, gas, or smoke, especially if irritating, harmful, or strong.
2. A strong or acrid odor.
3. A state of resentment or vexation.
1. To emit fumes.
2. To rise in fumes.
3. To feel or show resentment or vexation.
Usage :
The fumes from my engine alerted me to a breakdown. (Once….on the Express-way)
My answer left the teacher fuming. (All the time….)

Schedule from 20th February 2012

11am-1pm: Number system (Contd.)

1:30pm-3:30pm: Algebra (Contd.)

2pm-4pm: Data Interpretation (Contd.)

4pm:6pm: Averages & Weighted Averages (New module)

4pm-6pm: Grammar (New module)

6pm-8pm: Reading Comprehension (Contd.)

6pm-8pm: Algebra review test on Monday

{New module “Percentages” will start from Tuesday” 21st Feb. 2012}

Words from the Press 19th Feb 2012

Thai curbs on open visa policy after terror plot




Curb comes from the Latin word ‘Curvus’ and it used to mean the leather strap with which a horses mouth was bound. Curvus means curvy in Latin, but the sense it is used in is ‘something to restrain’. These are the two root meanings of the word Curvus and as such will ring true for all given definitions.




1. A concrete border or row of joined stones forming part of a gutter along the edge of a street.
2. An enclosing framework, such as that around a skylight.
3. A raised margin along an edge used to confine or strengthen.
4. Something that checks or restrains: High interest rates put a curb on spending.
5. A chain or strap that passes under a horse’s lower jaw and serves in conjunction with the bit to restrain the horse.
6. A market, originally on a street or sidewalk, for trading securities that are not listed on a stock exchange.
1. To check, restrain, or control as if with a curb; rein in. See Synonyms at restrain.
2. To lead (a dog) off the sidewalk into the gutter so that it can excrete waste.
3. To furnish with a curb.
Usage :
I work hard to curb my violent tendencies. (True that….)
I found my dog just chilling by the curb. (He used to do that a lot.)

(This is called a ‘Curb Stomp’. Guess why….)

Continue reading