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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Modus Vivendi

- A manner of living; a way of life.
- An agreement allowing conflicting parties to coexist peacefully.

Examples / Usage :
- We hope to find a modus vivendi toward achieving that objective.
- It all starts by finding a "modus vivendi," so each community makes gains at the same time.
- My husband I and have worked out a modus vivendi.
- He has achieved a modus vivendi with his largest trading partner.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Modus Operandi

- Method of operation.
- A particular way or method of doing something.
- The way something operates or works.

Examples / Usage :
- We learnt about the modus-operandi of the criminal.
- The new modus-operandi  helps them avoid being tracked down.
- In a new modus-operandi, builders are buying up slums in posh localities to get access to land worth crores.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Root word - OMNI

Root word - OMNI
- All, Every, Abundant.

Examples / Usage :
Omnipresence     - Present everywhere.
Omnipotent - Having unlimited power.
Omnivorous - Feeding on food of both plant and animal origin
Omniscient - Knowing everything.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Protagonist Antagonist

- The leading / major character in drama/movie.
- A leading or principle figure.

- Opposite of PROTAGONIST
- One who opposes the hero; Villain, bad guy, archenemy.


In spite of a deaf-mute character as its protagonist , Barfi made a huge success.

Examples / Usage : 
- She was a leading protagonist in the civil rights movement.
- Protagonist of the film.

Friday, 21 September 2012


- Habitual carelessness or laziness.
- To keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring.

Word of the day : Procrastinate
Image Credit : asturian-dreams

Examples / Usage :
- I know I've got to deal with the problem at some point - I'm just procrastinating.
- He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days.
- Don't procrastinate when faced with a difficult problem.
- He procrastinated and missed the submission deadline.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Idiom - At Large

Having escaped, especially from confinement.

Examples / Usage :
- The killer is still at large.
- Attack on VHP leader: Accused still at large
- Kidnapped Panipat industrialist rescued, abductors at large

Monday, 17 September 2012


- The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
- The "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.

Word of the day : Serendipity

Example / Usage :
- Serendipity involved in arriving at this sound.
- What followed lunch that day was a serendipitous discovery.
- The Internet & Serendipity: Does Online Luck Exist?

Friday, 14 September 2012

Root Word - Ocul / Opt

Root Word - Ocul / Opt
-Pertaining to eye.

A Binoculars at the US Navy
Photot Credits : Neutrality

Example / Usage :
Monocular - Intended for use by single eye.
Binoculars - Involving both eyes.
Ophthalmology - Branch of medicine that deals with anatomy, functionsm treatment of the eye.
Ocular muscles
Ocular diseases

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Inclement / Clemency

- Bad, Merciless, Bitter, Nasty

- Mercy, Mildness, Leniency

Photo Credit  :  Malingering  

Examples / Usage :
- Kasab now has two options before him: to file a review petition in the apex court or invoke a mercy jurisdiction.
He can seek clemency first before the Maharashtra Governor and then before the President. [From Indian Daily]
- Inclement weather continued to play spoilsport as the start of fourth day's play

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Rapprochement / Rapport

- Establishment of or state of having cordial relations

- Relation; connection, especially harmonious or sympathetic

Origin :
Comes from the French word rapprocher ("to bring together"), is a re-establishment of cordial relations, as between two countries.

Example / Usage :
Below is taken from Washington Post Article: India’s ‘silent’ prime minister becomes a tragic figure

The architect of India’s economic reforms, Singh was a major force behind his country’s rapprochement with the United States and is a respected figure on the world stage.
President Obama’s aides used to boast of his tremendous rapport and friendship with Singh.
But the image of the scrupulously Honorable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Brand Names


Ever observed the brand names, they have got some good meaning, look below

Google - It’s a miss spell of Googol. Which is a huge number, 1 followed by 100 zeros
Cognizant - Having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception
Oracle - A person considered to be a source of wise counsel, priest like
Splendor         - Bright, good ( E.g.. You did a splendid job)
Passion - Strong feeling
Lancer - Person with arms, ready for fight/something
Esteem - Respect
Caliber - Degree of excellence
Ambassador - Diplomat of highest rank
Accent - Distinctive features, distinctive manners of oral expression
Excel - High rank
Fiat         - Having command
Fiesta - Celebrations
Endeavor        - An attempt
Transcend         - Be or go beyond limits

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Root Word - cred / creed


INCREDIBLE     -    Unbelievable
CREDIBLE     -    Believable
CREDIT     -    Honor
CREDITOR     -    One who loans money
CREED     -    Faith, principle belief in religion
CREDITABLE     -    Something that brings praise.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Idiom : Burning Bridges

- The act of eliminating all possibility of return.
- Cut off all ties in a relationship.
- Make one's decision irrevocable.

Word of the day : BURNING BRIDGES
Photo Credit :   Wikih101


Example / Usage
- Never burn bridges. Today’s junior jerk, tomorrow’s senior partner.
- She burned her bridges when she walked out angrily.
- If you get mad and quit your job, you'll be burning your bridges behind you. No sense burning your bridges. Be polite and leave quietly.

Monday, 3 September 2012


- To increase in number or spread rapidly and excessively.

Exmaple / Usage:
- Diseases proliferate as weather continues to disappoint.
- Small businesses have PROLIFERATED in the last 10 yrs.
- Walk-in clinics proliferate in City