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Summing it up

I have been very busy and very lazy over the past few weeks. One of its important consequences being that I was not at all particular writing my blog. Sincerely, I missed writing. And so I am writing on Monday, rather than on a particularly wasted weekend.

The weekend holiday kicked off in German style with me spending almost an hour and a half washing my bike. With no laptop, I could hardly study. Then came the IPL shock. Chennai lost to Royals in a thriller match. It went to the wire, and just the last over made all the difference. And then I rooted for Mumbai to win (So that Chennai could make it to the semis :P) but even they lost.

Sunday was a lazy day. Saw an amazing Monaco Grand Prix with F-1 guru Aditya (pls write a long post on it so that i can conveniently link it here 🙂 ). I was really annoyed at Kimi for spoiling Force India’s chances of an almost dream finish. Also felt really sad for Sutil. I believe for once, Malliya’s golden touch seems to have deserted him.

Also saw the marathi drama – Signal. I was the only one who kept on laughing! The review is here.

Sunday was a good food day. Punjabi in the morning and amazing Chicken, Pasta and Mango desert at Aditya’s place!

I had another verbal brawl.

Also played lot of AOE and a new game IMPOSSIBLE CREATURES, courtesy Aditya.

I remember that I did some GRE words.

Lots coming up in this week. IPL semi-finalists to be decided. Lots of cricket matches going on :P. French open beginning. It is my most watched Tennis tournament purely because of the time in the day i get to see it live.

I have got plenty of project work and also a Paper presentation coming up. Really enjoying my English class and trying to get rid of the ‘shtas and the shpas’ . Also have to see LOST, read H2g2 book 4, Shantaram. Also have some catching up to do with old friends.

Till the next blog, Cheerio!

PS Apologies for not updating the IPL pages. An update and detailed analysis is due after the completion along with detailed stats.

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No pointless words here…

Well, after some recent posts of mine (pointless words) have brought in some heavy criticism from Abhishek, (especially over the word ‘lexeme’) , its time i justified the posts.

First of all, when I refer to any words as pointless, it essentially makes me the centre of reference. Also the pointless words here have been judged solely on whether I would be coming across the word in reading, using it myself or have a special encounter with it in the GRE. As such , most of the words i have put up in my post are justified.

Frankly speaking, it is a matter of taste. Some people may like excessively ornamented sentences, or others may insist upon the use of the right word for the occasion. Although I do enjoy such literary works (if and only if I have a dictionary at hand), I do believe in keeping my sentences simple. Also the use of complex terms for day to day words (e.g. for face, sneezing) irritates me!

And thanks to JR for coming to my rescue. In the particular case of the word ‘lexeme’, as he has rightly pointed out, a field specific word, so a someone from another field (read me) would hardly be expected to know / remember it! Same would be the case for a case involving two different fields( the reader and the word i.e.). I would not even want to mention medical terms in this regard (which is what, most probably, is the long word in JR’s post). Also , I must confess I had to constantly shift-rightclick ( the hotkey to my word web dictionary) while reading most of the posts, even google ‘brachylogy’ and ‘verbigeration’.

In my defence , as Abhiskek has heavily reprimanded me for hating to learn the new words, as also JR (we need more words..), I would like to say, I have always enjoyed learning new words and have always tried to employ some of them in day to day conversations (I have been frowned upon even for that!). Also the posts have been listed in the category ‘Words’ (since the beginning), meaning I intended to put some ‘meaningful’ posts there too.

Ironically, the ‘pointless words’ are what I seem to remember rather than more ‘meaningful words’ which has prompted me to open up this category. It seems if I post a word, I seem to recollect it easily. So one might expect some meaningful words there. An effort has to be made on my part to put up posts which would distinguish the finer tints in similar meaning words, as also include words with radically different double meanings. An excellent example is:

tattoo:

1. The practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining (the well known)

2. A drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters (the lesser known)

Now how did people come to name them like that?!

N also I am waiting to what the other boy has to say about it.

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Pointless words 2

aprosdoketon: A figure of speech where an expected word in an idiom is replaced unexpectedly by an unusual one.

ctenophile: a lover of combs.

lexeme: The abstract unit of vocabulary, roughly corresponding to the set of inflected forms from the same lemma.

Some from the ‘word of the day I received…

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Pointless words 1

So taking inspiration from Aditya Gadre who has started this category for pointless words, I realized that I too, come across such words in a most annoying frequency. Sadly, these are the words I manage to remember (with their meanings) than the words I actually should!

Here starts the list:

sternutation: sneezing (courtesy Gadre)

orrery: a clockwork model of the solar system (origins lost in space)

boustrophedon: written from right-to-left and left-to-right on alternate lines (courtesy wiktionary)
physiognomy, countenance, phiz, kisser, visage, mug: The human face. (an eclectic entry)
ogive: (architecture) A Gothic pointed arch, or a rib of a Gothic vault.
             (ballistics) The pointed, curved nose of a bullet, missile, or rocket
             (mathematics) The curve of a cumulative distribution function.

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