Rankle Meaning | Rankle Mnemonic



 

Synonyms: annoy, irritate

Rankle Sentence: The habit of her husband to smoke in the bathroom rankles her.

Under The Lens: Rankle Etymology

Rankle comes from draoncle which means pus forming sore. Draoncle itself comes from dracunculus (little snake). So the relation is irritation caused due to an ulcer caused by snake bite. Thus rankle is etymologically a stronger word than its synonyms and is used to suggest persistent irritation or deep resentment.


Misanthrope Meaning

Misanthrope


 

Antonym: philanthropist

Misanthrope Sentence: A misanthrope hates people and people usually hate a misanthrope.

 

Under The Lens: Misanthrope Etymology

The Greek root anthropos means ‘mankind’. You might have heard of anthropology which means the ‘study of the development of the human race’.

Misein means ‘to hate’ while philein means ‘to love’. So misanthrope is a hater of mankind while philanthropist is one who loves mankind. There are other words too that are derived from these roots but we will leave those for a later lesson.

 

Exculpate Meaning



 

Synonyms: exonerate, absolve, acquit, vindicate

Exculpate Sentence: He wonders whether his girlfriend will ever exculpate him for not remembering her birthday.

Under The Lens: Exculpate Etymology

Exculpate is derived from the Latin root culpa which means blame or fault. A more common word from the same root is culpable which means blameworthy. So inculpate means to charge with fault while exculpate means to free from a charge of fault. Another Latin phrase you might have heard of is ‘mea culpa’ which means ‘I am to blame’.

 

Iota Meaning



 

Synonyms: jot, whit

Iota Sentence: There isn’t an iota of truth in the allegations made against me.

 

Under The Lens: Iota Etymology

Iota is the ninth and the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet. It is used to refer to anything very small. Alternative spelling for iota is jota from which the word jot is derived. Jot means a little bit. Ex – I never cared a jot about getting rewards for my work. Jot also means to write down quickly and briefly. Ex – Let me jot down what we need to bring from the market.

 

Cacophony Mnemonic Dictionary Video | 5+ cacophony sentences



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Mnemonic Dictionary

 

Mnemonic

Caco calling on my phone

Y is he making a harsh, jarring, discordant sound

 

Word – cacophony

 

Meaning – Harsh, jarring, discordant sound

 

Part of Speech – noun

 

Synonyms – dissonance, discord

 

Antonyms – harmony, peacefulness

 

Cacophony sentences

1   An hour and a half drive amidst the cacophony of peak traffic was making him irritable.

2   The cacophony of various creatures deep within the jungle was sounding very creepy.

3   The crows, vultures among others had surrounded the dead buffalo and were creating a cacophony of calls.

4   The woman danced to the music amidst the cacophony of screams, whistles and cat calls.

5   The cacophony of the soccer game was made worse when thousands of spectators decided to play the vuvuzela.

6   As the day progressed in the city the air was filled with cacophony of horns and yelling.

 

Under the Lens: Cacophony Etymology

Let’s study a few roots to learn a few words. Kakos and eu are Greek roots for bad and good respectively while kallos is the Greek root for beauty. Phone is the root for sound and graphein means to write. So Cacophony is bad or harsh sound while euphony is good or melodious sound. And Cacography is bad handwriting while calligraphy is beautiful handwriting.

Now if we combine phone with graphein we get a phonograph which is a machine which records (writes) and reproduces sound.

 

Aberrant Mnemonic Dictionary Video | 5+ Aberrant sentences



 

Tagline

A unique ant and a unique word

 

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Mnemonic Dictionary

 

Mnemonic – A berry ant is aberrant because it is Diverging or different from the normal type of ant.

 

Word – Aberrant

 

Meaning – Diverging or different from the normal type

 

Part of Speech – Adjective

 

Synonyms – abnormal, anomalous, errant, unusual

 

Antonyms – Normal, usual, regular

 

Aberrant sentences

1   The aberrant nature of sexual behavior in certain tribes surprises us.

2   Genetic research shows that identifying aberrant genes may help us understand and cure many diseases

3   Society has always found it difficult to accept any aberrant behavior.

4   The most loved characters in children stories are those that think, speak, or behave in aberrant ways.

5   Due to the aberrant data, the experiment had to be done again.

 

Under the Lens: Errant, Aberrant and Inerrant

Both errant and aberrant mean deviating or straying from the normal course. Errant, more specifically, can just mean wandering or straying. Errant and aberrant come from the same root. If we add the negative prefix in- to that root, we get inerrant which means free from errors. Inerrant should have meant not wandering etymologically but language is not mathematics. Anyways I hope you got the idea.

 

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Part 2



 

Roots covered in this movie: Bene, Mal, Turpis, Bon, Fide

Words covered in this movie: Benediction, Benevolent, Benign, Benignant, Benefactor, Benedict, Bonny, Bonkers, Bonbon, Bonhomie, Bonafide, Fidelity, Malediction, Malevolent, Malign, Malignant, Malefactor, Malodorous, Malice, Malaise, Malfunction, Malady, Hideous, Turpitude, Apprentice

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Part 1

GBU - Part 1


 

Roots covered in this movie: Bene, Mal, Turpis, Bon, Fide

Words covered in this movie: Benediction, Benevolent, Benign, Benignant, Benefactor, Benedict, Bonny, Bonkers, Bonbon, Bonhomie, Bonafide, Fidelity, Malediction, Malevolent, Malign, Malignant, Malefactor, Malodorous, Malice, Malaise, Malfunction, Malady, Hideous, Turpitude, Apprentice

Nascent Meaning



 

Synonyms : budding, emerging

Nascent Sentence : Adult film industry is still nascent in this country.

Under The Lens : Nascent Etymology

Nascent is etymologically ‘being born’, budding is ‘pushing forward’ and emerging is ‘rising up’. This should give you an idea about the slight differences in their meanings. Nascent is a neutral term while budding and emerging are words with a more positive tone.

An actor is nascent if he is new to the industry. He is budding or emerging if his performances are being appreciated.