Sunday, August 16, 2009

New words to memorize


in the run-up to the elections

wayward = 1. following one's own capricious, wanton, or depraved
inclinations: ungovernable (a wayward child)
2. opposite to what is desired or expected : untoward
(wayward fate)

haul = 1a. to exert traction on : draw (haul a wagon)
2b. to obtain or move by or as if by hauling (was hauled
to parties night after night by his wife
1c. to transport in a vehicle : cart

peeve = to make peevish or resentful : annoy

vitriol = something felt to resemble vitriol especially in caustic quality; especially : virulence of feeling or of speech

jot down = write down succinctly

genial = marked by or diffusing sympathy or friendliness (your genial host)

deterrence = the inhibition of criminal behavior by fear especially of punishment

circuitous[sə'kjuːɪtəs] = 1 : having a circular or winding course (a circuitous route)
2 : not being forthright or direct in language or action (a circuitous explanation)

rectify ['rektɪfaɪ] = to correct by removing errors

ostensibly = 1 : in an ostensible manner
2 : to all outward appearances
ripple effect = волновой эффект

disconcert = 1 : to throw into confusion (disconcerting measures )
2 : to disturb the composure of

reprehensible = Deserving rebuke or censure; blameworthy

fallout = An incidental result or side effect

girth = a measure around a body (a man of more than average girth) (the girth of a tree)


convalesce[ˌkɔnvə'les] = to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness


complicity[kəm'plɪsətɪ] = 1 : association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act
2 : an instance of complicity


vertigo = dizziness

week's worth of food

sway = To swing back and forth or to and fro; To fluctuate, as in outlook.

slap-up = Brit informal (esp. of meals) large and expensive

saddle = a girthed usually padded and leather-covered seat for the rider of an animal.
Don't try to saddle your dirty work on me!

fungible = being of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in the satisfaction of an obligation (oil, wheat, and lumber are fungible commodities).
For fungible goods and materials producers are not obliged to physically separate stocks from originating and non-originating sources so as to trace back the origin of different sources for origin determination purposes.

Caught red-handed = To be caught in the act of committing a misdemeanour, with the evidence there for all to see.

tempestuous[tem'pestjuəs] Her relationship with Greece may have been as tempestuous as her love affair with Aristotle Onassis.

cohesive group

bode = 1 archaic : to announce beforehand : foretell
2 : to indicate by signs : presage
That doesn't bode well for the sustainability of the current boom. (Newsweek)

aggrieved = 1 : troubled or distressed in spirit
2 a : suffering from an infringement or denial of legal rights b : showing or expressing grief, injury, or offense
But I am aggrieved by their shameful inclusion of American Indians in their lament.

unwieldy = not easily managed, handled, or used (as because of bulk, weight, complexity, or awkwardness) : cumbersome.
Is Apple's App Store Getting Too Unwieldy?

unfetter[ʌn'fetə] = 1. to release from fetters, bonds, etc.
2. to release from restraint or inhibition
Unfetter your mind!

laissez-faire[ˌleɪseɪ'fɛə] = 1 : a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights

indisposition = 1. Disinclination; unwillingness.
2. A minor ailment.
The sudden indisposition of the former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa while addressing an election meeting at Ganganagar in Gulbarga South Assembly constituency led to a minor commotion at the venue and concern among the Congress leaders on Wednesda.

amenable[ə'miːnəbl] = responsible, obedient

do away with = 1. To make an end of; eliminate.
2. To destroy; kill.
So When Does Apple Do Away With Hard Drives?

leery['lɪərɪ] = suspicious, wary —often used with of . Some travelers leery of all Florida beaches, no matter how far from oil spill.

back out of = to withdraw especially from a commitment or contest. Can i back out of a mortgage loan if i already signed the disclosures?

brush aside = Disregard, ignore. Swiss brush aside criticism over gas contract with Iran.

play into the hands of = to give someone an advantage. US tactics in Yemen play into the hands of Al Qaida.

bungle['bʌŋgl] = to act or work clumsily and awkwardly. NATIONAL Australia Bank's plan to move 400-odd IT jobs to IBM has been delayed by the computer bungle that left millions of people out of pocket.

appease[ə'piːz] = to bring to a state of peace or quiet : calm. Churchill was ready to make peace with Soviet Russia on the best terms available to appease the general situation.

ramp up = buildup, increase. to ramp up production to 15,000 units per month. Ramp up is a term used in economics and business to describe an increase in firm production ahead of anticipated increases in product demand

to make the varsity — поступить в университет. I'm in 10th grade and hoping to make Varsity this year for my school.

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