Jun 21, 2011

Fancy Words

Scuttle : act of deliberately sinking a ship by allowing water to flow into the hull. BCCI scuttles ICL

Diaspora: dispersion, movement, migration, or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland. Ghalib is popular amongst diaspora communities around the world.

Emigrate is from the point of view of the departure. Think exit.
Immigrate is from the point of view of the destination. Think come in.
Migrate is all about the moving animal, people for period of short or permanent. Think move.

Eponym: is the name of a person after which a particular place, tribe, era, discovery, or other item is named or thought to be named.

Rakehell/Rake: profligate, a dissolute person. He was proud of being a rake.

Gnaw: to bite or chew on, especially persistently. to cause corrosion, constant distress. His mistake is gnawing at his conscience.

Expletive : an exclamation or swearword; an oath or a sound expressing an emotional reaction rather than any particular meaning. Know to throw in a dozen bangla expletives.

Flair: A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.
Stylishness and originality. Brian Lara is a flair to watch.

Suave: Elegant, charming, displaying smoothness and sophistication in manner or attitude; urbane. Synonym could be debonair. Mark Nicholas,a suave personality, will be conducting the discussion.

Shambolic: Chaotic, disorganized, or mismanaged.

Argentina team looked shambolic after their two draws in a row.

Ponderous: Slow and clumsy because of great weight: "her footsteps were ponderous" Dull, laborious, or excessively solemn.

Naive: Showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment: "the rather naive young man had been totally misled".

Nab: catch doing something wrong. A perpetual fraudster Nabbed by rab.

Dwarf: Earthquake near Dhaka, the crowded capital, could dwarf other modern tragedies.

Stone-wall: Delay or block (a request, process, or person) by refusing to answer questions or by giving evasive replies, esp. in politics. Let me know if anyone stone-wall you.

Shenanigan: a devious trick used especially for an underhand purpose.

Gimmick: An ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal. A concealed, usually devious (indirect) aspect or feature of something, as a plan or deal: An offer that good must have a gimmick in it somewhere.

Moot: Subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision. MC cannot complete the transfer for a mooted signing.

Brave: Endure or face (unpleasant conditions or behavior) without showing fear: "we had to brave the heat". Dravid managed the team braving hostile conditions.

Delirium: An acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders. Wild excitement or ecstasy.

Propound: Put forward (an idea, theory, or point of view) for consideration.

Dereliction: The state of having been abandoned and become dilapidated. The shameful failure to fulfill one's obligations.

Concussion: Temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head. Also, loosely, aftereffects such as confusion or temporary incapacity. A violent shock as from a heavy blow. Taylor sustains concussion. he cannot carry on the business.

Construe: Interpret (a word or action) in a particular way. Analyze the syntax of (a text, sentence, or word).

Divisive: Tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people.

Flabbergasted: Surprise (someone) greatly; astonish. Chris Bishop will be flabbergasted if West Indies declares after the tea break.

Swashbuckling: flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior. The swashbuckling opener Tamim failed miserably to Zimbabwean rocky pacer Vitori.

Steadfast: Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering: "steadfast loyalty". He needs to remain steadfast to save the test match.

Blandishment: A flattering or pleasing statement or action used to persuade someone gently to do something. For Amir, to stand out against the blandishments of his captain would have been hard. Vignette: A brief evocative description, account, or episode. Portray.

Vintage: denoting wine of high quality: "vintage claret". Wine. Bowlers came back with a vintage bowling display.

Limerick: A humorous, frequently bawdy, verse of three long and two short lines rhyming aabba, popularized by Edward Lear.

Horrendous: Extremely unpleasant, horrifying, terrible.
He sustained a horrendous accident. It was a horrendous batting display.

Self-immolation: Suicide in a form of extreme protest. China is responding by increasing the financial support to respond the Tibetan self-immolation.

Ignominy: public shame or disgrace
Bangladesh batting suffered the ignominy of treating a capacity crowd to just four boundary.

Stigma: mark of disgrace associated with a particular i) event, ii) circumstance, iii) quality, iv) person.

Coruscating: Flashing; sparkling. Brilliant or striking in content or style
Clarke was more reticent to speak about his own unfinished innings, coruscating as it has been.

(of a ship) Fill with water and sink: "six drowned when the yacht foundered off the Florida coast".
(of a plan or undertaking) Fail or break down, typically as a result of a particular problem or setback.
Though more people said he would fail, though his marriage foundered, though support was rare,  he continued to struggle.

Spurned: Reject with disdain. Though he was spurned in his early years of the procession, his self-belief remained undented.
Contrived Deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously. Giving a sense of artificiality.

Unfettered:  Release from restraint or inhibition.

Frailty:  The condition of being weak and delicate. Weakness in character or morals.

Spooked: Frighten; unnerve.

Coy Reluctant to give details, esp. about something regarded as sensitive.
(esp. of a woman) Making a pretense of shyness or modesty that is intended to be alluring but is often regarded as irritating.

Vindicated:  Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion. Show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified.

Gargantuan: Elephantine, of big mass. Pietersen lofted a gargantuan six over the head of the umpire.

Scion: A descendant of a notable family.

Staid: Sedate or calm, not hurried.

Flummox: Perplex (someone) greatly

Dog day: the hot period between early July and early September; a period of inactivity. wiki

Reproach: Address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment.

Chimerical: highly improbable; Created by or as if by a wildly fanciful imagination. Derived from mythical creature Chimera.

Polemic: A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.
                 The art or practice of engaging in controversial debate or dispute.
Constancy: quality of being faithful and dependable.
                     quality of being enduring and unchanging.
                     stability - steadiness - permanency - permanence

Treatise: A written work dealing formally and systematically with a subject.

Thrive: to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances —often used with on thrives on conflict

Stoic A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining. (There is a musical band in Bangladesh called Stoic Bliss)

Inexorable: Impossible to stop or prevent: "the inexorable march of technology"

Exorable: Capable of being moved or persuaded.

Razzmatazz: A flashy action or display intended to bewilder, confuse, or deceive.

Exonerate: (esp. of an official body) Absolve (someone) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing, esp. after due consideration of the case.

Foible:  A minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character: "they have to tolerate each other's little foibles".

Draconian (of laws or their application) Excessively harsh and severe.

Camaraderie mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.

Lackadaisical lacking enthusiasm, carelessly lazy

Throng: crowd of people/animal.

Sanguine: Positive or optimistic even in the difficult/tough moment.
                    Red colored

Sanguinary: causing bloodshed

Crass: witless, thoughtless, lacking intelligence/sensitivity/refinement. (Neuer's comment on Ramos penalty miss was a crass.).

Shudder: tremble in fear or revulsion.

Epigram: pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way. Sometime close to sarcasm if used in sarcastic way, sometimes express paradoxical expression eg,
Little strokes
Fell great oaks.
Benjamin Franklin
What is an Epigram? a dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge ("Epigram", 1809)

Inveterate: long lasted and unlikely to change (habit, interest, activity etc)

Deadpan: deliberately impassive (not showing emotion)

Lynch: (of a mob) kill (someone), especially by hanging, for an alleged offence with or without a legal trial

animal is one that has a spotting pattern of large unpigmented, usually white, and normally pigmented patches, generally black. eg, piebald horse

in situ: in its original/actual position
in vivo: process takes place in a living organism
in vitro: process takes place outside of living organism (test tube, lab etc)

Petulance: the quality of being childishly sulky or bad-tempered.
Clairvoyant: a person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.

Craggy: (of a person's face, typically a man's) rugged and rough-textured in an attractive way.

Lingua Franca: bridge language for different native language speakers (common for trade, business), aramaic was lingua franca once upon a time.

Vernacular: layman language, regional language, language not learned secondly.

Acquiescence: reluctant acceptance.

Shell shock: psychologically unstable in long exposure to warfare. a kind of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Side burn: strip of hair side of the face.

Placebo: a harmless pill, medicine, or procedure prescribed more for the psychological benefit to the patient than for any physiological effect.

Parvum Opus: 'the little work'. opposite extreme of 'magnus opus'.

Vigorous: strong, contains energy

Predicament: difficult/unpleasant/embarassing situation not uncertain situation

Precarious: uncertain situation, loosely connected and may collapse anytime.

Sardonic: grimly (worryingly) mocking, sarcastic

Skimpy: revealing, short, less than required, meager. eg, skimpy dress for women

Frilly: used as decoration

Pilfer: steal specially silly thing (of lesser value)

Snide: derogatory, disparaging (my colleague makes snide remarks about him)

Stoop: lower one's moral standards so far as to do something reprehensible.
e.g., stoop to begging

Immolate: kill or offer as sacrifice. Abdullah was to be immolated by Abdul Muttalib.

Volition: power of using one's will (denoting a decision or choice made after deliberation)

 Misophonia: a brain disorder which is the cause of getting angry at people when hearing to them eating of breathing

Hakuna Matata: no worries (swahili word)

Que Sera Sera: whatever will happen, will happen (italian)

Schmooze: chat casually (to make social connection/etc)

Tact - adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues (Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip - Winston Churchill)

Clinomania: lying all day long in bed


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