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Word of the Week 27th April, 2015

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Errorist

Etymology
error +‎ -ist

Noun
errorist (plural errorists)

1. One who encourages and propagates error.
2. One who holds onto an erroneous belief.

Examples
This week’s winning bumpersticker from the Thursday delivery route showed a drawing of George W. Bush and said “American errorist.”
NOFX – American Errorist
“We really hate ammerican errorist!”

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Nature’s conspiracies

How much ever daredevil one tries to be, no one has enough courage to face death. No one wants to die. At least not by a terrible accident. In old age when you are chained down by disease and disabilities, its easy to face death because at that stage only death could cause all pains and sufferings to subside. But none wants a death by accident.

It’s a universal truth, we humans can do anything. But we can’t fight fate and nature. Nature happens to be a shrewd conspirator, just like us……..

Today when I opened my eyes, I thought it would be like any other cloudy day. The something new in it was that today for the very first time I cast my vote. After my responsibility towards my city was fulfilled, I went off to meet my childhood buddy who lives just a few yards from my house. I met her after 6 long months. It was hardly 15 minutes I was there when my friend said “Is the sofa shaking on its own or are you shaking it?” I said,” If the sofa is shaking why isn’t the table?” At this her mom scolded her saying,” If you don’t eat, not only the sofa, the entire world will……. O My God!!! It’s an earthquake!! Run!!” Everyone rushed towards the door. We stopped for a moment, hoping it would stop in a few seconds, because tremors are common in a high earthquake zone like our city Siliguri. But no; instead the intensity kept increasing. We literally ran down the stairs and went to their garden, knowing full well that it wouldn’t help much because the garden is small clustered with huge jackfruit trees, the trees were likely to fall on us. The quakes went on for about 2 minutes. I was worried for my Mum, who was recovering from her post-surgery complications. I was worried for my Dad who wasn’t at home. I was worried for my little cousins. I was really very worried for my maternal Grand-dad whose body was paralyzed on the left side. I wanted to rush home after the quake stopped but i couldn’t. My limbs were shivering with fear. And at times of need, technology is generally found to lie lame. If I could make one call, 50 other calls went disconnected. I could speak to Mum once. Got to speak with Dad. Couldn’t get to Granny so I called my maternal uncle instead. Then I rushed home, saw for my own eyes that everyone was safe, even Dad had come home by then. Made 10-20 calls to make sure our family and friends were safe.

Yes, the earthquake was massive with around 7.5 Richter scale magnitude and Lamjung at Nepal as epicentre. There were around 22 casualties in our city. But our neighbour Nepal is in a huge mess. Around 17 after shocks, over 800 people have lost their lives. Buildings and roads devastated. Even Bangladesh experienced the quake with similar intensity which isn’t common there.

Now and then memories from 18 September, 2011, when there was a 6.8 Richter Scale earthquake, kept flashing back. There were similar moments of panic, fear of death, worry for our loved ones, similar scenes of devastation.

I don’t understand what is in Nature’s mind, what conspiracy is she planning against us ??? I don’t see “ ecological balance ” in such devastation.

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Word of the Week 20th April, 2015

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Nonversation  ·noun ·
conversation that seems meaningless or without logic

Example:

“There’s a 45-minute wait at the bus office until our coach leaves. Billy disappears to buy water and I strike up a nonversation (smile, nod, hello, Ingalis) with a Kurdish man with a scar on his cheek, who gestures for me to play the guitar.” – blog post at unplanned.com, March 20, 2010

etymology
Blend of non and conversation

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Time for some realisation

My parents have been very strict with me. I often used to be hit for committing mistakes (i was an ill tempered kid and quite impulsive; often lost control on my actions). I had borne an anger towards them for treating me like that when all my friends used to be pampered by their parents. One of my aunts commented, on our first meeting, that girls are a burden on parents. This comment remained embedded in my mind. After a few months, I, coincidentally, overheard my father expressing his anger on my mother for not giving him a son. This aroused my anger even more. From then I built up a notion that my father doesn’t like me just because I am a girl. Though I loved him, there was this anger too. I had built a desperation of proving myself better than a son. Better than my male cousins and proving my entire family wrong that girls are a burden. I grew up into a rebellious kid. Had a lot of fights with dad. I never seemed to agree with at anything. I hated staying at home. That’s why I argued my way to Bangalore. I always thought, why me?? Why does everything tragic has to happen with me??
Today, I read the blog of one of my classmates from school. Her dad disowned her just because she was a girl. Never saw her face after the sixth year of her birth. That’s when I realised how wrong I was towards my dad. Even he could have disowned me. He could me thrown me in a garbage bin right after my birth. But no, he raised me. Fulfilled all my wishes; how much ever difficulty he faced yet he gave me the best of everything, branded clothes, shoes, gadgets; I am very fussy about food, that’s why I fall sick easily, though he scolded me, he didn’t neglect my treatment; got me educated from one of the best schools in my home town Siliguri. Now I am studying in one of the top colleges in not only Bangalore but also in India.
   I have now realised I am not only rebellious, but spoilt as well. Not only by my dad (mom is more strict,was always against spoiling me, but yet she is close to me) but also by my extended family……
I felt so guilty today. I called my mom and told her everything I felt. But couldn’t get the courage to talk to dad.

I am sorry Baba.

P.S. you have to agree that sometimes you were wrong as well

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Word of the Week 12th April 2015

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Petrichor · \ PET-ri-kuhr\· noun

A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather

Examples:
‘other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all’

‘The petrichor in the air reminded me of home and I found myself humming “Mitti di khushboo”  ‘   ( this sentence I made at random from my own experience)

Origin

1960s: blend of petro- ‘relating to rocks’ (the smell is believed to be caused by a liquid mixture of organic compounds which collects in the ground) and ichor.

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Word of the Week 5th April 2015

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incisive • \in-SYE-siv\  • adjective
: impressively direct and decisive (as in manner or presentation)

in·ci·sive·ly adverb
in·ci·sive·ness noun

First use: circa 1834

Examples:
“Albee, 84 and frail from recent heart surgery, smiled broadly as he came on stage to take a bow Saturday. He knows that ‘Virginia Woolf’ is the play that will forever be synonymous with his name, and he could not have hoped for a more incisive rendering of it.” — Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, October 14, 2012

“For more than two decades, Carr focused his considerable talents on media criticism, lacing his columns with incisive commentary and wit.” — Terrence McCoy and Justin Moyer, Washington Post, February 13, 2015

Did you know?
Incisive has meant “impressively direct and decisive” since around 1834 and derives from the Latin verb caedere, meaning “to cut.” Its linguistic kin include many cuttings from the fruitful stem caedere, such as scissors, chisel, incise (“to cut into or engrave”), excise (“to remove by cutting”), incisor (“a front tooth typically adapted for cutting”), incision (“cut” or “gash”), precise (“minutely exact”), and concise (“brief”). In addition to the meaning illustrated above, incisive also carries a couple of lesser-known literal meanings relating to cutting: “having a cutting edge or piercing point” (as in “incisive fangs”), and, in dentistry, “of, relating to, or situated near the incisors.”

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