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Saturday, 4 January 2003

It's serious. deadlines are soon. but I still don't have an appointment, but i do have . . .

The 15 GRE Words of the Day

  1. bolster (verb) To provide support or reinforcement. We plan to bolster their efforts by addin ten people to their team.
  2. bucolic (adjective) rustic and pastoral; charecteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants. Her Heidi books were bucolic descriptions of life.
  3. burgeon (verb) to grow rapidly; to flourish. Econmic reforms made the middle class burgeon.
  4. cacophony (noun) harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance Some critics dismissed John Cage's work as nothing more than cacaphony, designed to shock the middle classes.
  5. canon (noun) an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature. Tom told me of a type of canon law that is in effect until it is ignored.
  6. canonical (adjective) following or in agreement with orthodox requirements. We asked her to answer questions and she gave canonical answers.
  7. capricious (adjective) inclinded to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable Her good looks made her popular, but her capriciousness left a string of broken hearts in her wake.
  8. castigation (noun) severe criticism or punishment. His actions were met with severe castigation by the authorities.
  9. catalyst (noun) a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change. CFCs are bad for the ozone layer because ultraviolet light causes them to break apart, freeing the chlorine molecule (which on it's own would not have ascended to that height), which thens acts as a catalyst and breaks up ozone into O[2] and O[1].
  10. caustic (adjective) burning or stinging; causing corrosion. Helen foolishly mixed cleaning compounds and made a caustic potion which ate a hole in her mop bucket
  11. censure (verb) to criticize severly; to officially rebuke. The professor's racist comments were censured by the administration.
  12. chary (adjective) wary; cautious She was chary of the risks involved.
  13. chicanery (noun) trickery or subterfuge Their proposal sounded too good to be true and she suspected chicanery
  14. cogent (adjective) appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing. She provided a cogent analysis of the problem.
  15. complaisance (noun) the willingness to comply with the wishes of others. They strive with their own hearts and keep them down, In complaisance to all the fools in town. --Young.

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