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A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 21:13
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During the last few times I took the gmatprep, I encountered several RC and CR questions, which essentially tested my vocabulary. What I mean is that in all these questions, the correct answer could be inferred directly from the passage or from the stimulus, and were merely rephrased in different words. Words such as ancillary, exacerbate were used (which really just mean increase).

Anyone else observe this ? Perhaps it may be beneficial to draw up a word list of commonly tested buzzwords ? This may be helpful for non-natives...
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 23:17
Not merely restating. They seem to lure us witch very attractive choices. Sometimes choices are opposite meaning, or shell games. My wrong answers normally lie in these decoys.
You can try 1300 words-list for GMAT. I learned almost of them, however, forgetting over 50% :D
BTW, where are you from, BSD? :)
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 23:35
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 23:44
lexis wrote:
You can try 1300 words-list for GMAT.


From where do u get it?
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 23:45
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Anyone else observe this ? Perhaps it may be beneficial to draw up a word list of commonly tested buzzwords ? This may be helpful for non-natives...


I agree and it is a great idea!
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2008, 23:47
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lexis wrote:
You can try 1300 words-list for GMAT.


From where do u get it?


I'm with Rpmodi.
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rpmodi wrote:
lexis wrote:
You can try 1300 words-list for GMAT.


From where do u get it?


I'm with Rpmodi.



Here is it.

BSD: Brisbane is a nice city. Hope to come back here on one day. BSD study GMAT to go to US? :D
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2008, 00:15
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Here is it.


Thanks a lot
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2008, 00:21
Thanks lexis +1. I live in Sydney actually :) ... US would be very nice indeed, provided I can get into the right school ...

I feel that a thesaurus like list would be even more useful here. Certainly for common things like increase, decrease, exaggerate, support etc., common words that may be used in CR. Although I dont know whether its worth the effort.

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BSD: Brisbane is a nice city. Hope to come back here on one day. BSD study GMAT to go to US? :D
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2008, 00:34
thanks lexis , +1 from me too :-)
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2008, 00:45
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2008, 23:06
Thanks lexis +1 from me too.
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Re: A few thoughts on vocabulary and verbal performance [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2008, 23:12
Bsd, I hope following words provide some useful reference for you too.

I have gathered some of the following words on NPR (National Public Radio), KQED (San Francisco) and KPCC (Los Angeles). I hope these words will help in GMAT.

Thanks

1. Idiosyncratic
2. Theocracy
3. Epitomize
4. Biblical
5. Holistic
6. Agnostic
7. pyschomatrition
8. Condescends
9. Fulminate
10. pompous
11. Cloisonné
12. Volvox
13. Axenic
14. Delirious
15. Draconian
16. Perennial
17. Abrogated
18. Derided
19. Panoply
20. Botched
21. Panacea
22. pompous
23. pontificate
24. may be useful pedagogical aid
25. Sacrosanct
26. evanescent
27. Tedium
28. Decoys
29. Paradox
30. indifference
31. refute
32. unison
33. Embellish
34. Ascetic
35. Hedge
36. Marquee
37. Whimsical
38. Ambivalent
39. swagger
40. narcissistic
a. Personal trainers and fitness coaches are to the narcissistic 1980's what private fencing masters and dancing teachers were to an earlier time.
41. Serendipity
42. anecdotal
43. antidote
44. fledgling


On Radio Words


1. gloat
2. Pernicious
a. Sluggish economy and pernicious combinations
3. Skirmish
4. Cannibalizing
a. They keep cannibalizing themselves.
5. Benevolent
a. This is the benevolent thing that city does.
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Finally, following words list from - How Read Better and Faster - by Norman Lewis

1. Anomaly (Noun):
Anomalies (plural)

Meaning: Deviation from common rule, type, arrangement, peculiar

Usage:
1. With his quite nature, he was an anomaly in his exuberant family.
2. With this takeover it is proven that the company is not only has maverick management but also an anomaly in its own field.


2. Anthropoid (Adjective):

Meaning: Relating human or resembling humans

Animals that may be anthropoid: Monkey, Ape and Humans


3. Anthropology (Noun):

Meaning: Subject that deals with human’s evolution.


4. Captious (adjective):

Meaning: Apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects, difficult to please, faultfinding, Picky

Usage: Captious, caviling, Carping. A captious person is one who has a fault-finding habit or manner, or is disposed to catch at faults, errors, etc., with quarrelsome intent; a caviling person is disposed to raise objections on frivolous grounds; carping implies that one is given to ill-natured, persistent, or unreasonable fault-finding, or picking up of the words or actions of others.

Examples:
Captious remark.
He could never praise without a captious remark.

5. Egregious (adjective)
Egregiousness (Noun)
Egregiously (Adverb)

Meaning: Extraordinary in some bad way, glaring, flagrant, outrageous, and notorious

Usage:
1. an egregious mistake
2. an egregious liar
3. With some issuers engaging in so many egregious practices, it will take new rules and new laws, such as those proposed by several congressional Democrats, to curb abuses.
4. Mr. McCain’s speech highlighted some of the most egregious failures of the failed Bush presidency.


6. Encomium
Encomium (Noun)
Encomium Meaning: A formal high praise, a tribute

Usage:
1. An encomium by the President greeted returned Soldiers.
2. An encomium by the law-makers greeted the successful satellite launch.

7. Eulogy
Praise, tribute
Usage: Eulogy, Eulogium, Encomium, Panegyric. The idea of praise is common to all these words. The word encomium is used of both persons and things which are the result of human action, and denotes warm praise. Eulogium and eulogy apply only to persons and are more studied and of greater length. A panegyric was originally a set speech in a full assembly of the people, and hence denotes a more formal eulogy, couched in terms of warm and continuous praise, especially as to personal character. We may bestow encomiums on any work of art, on production of genius, without reference to the performer; we bestow eulogies, or pronounce a eulogium, upon some individual distinguished for his merit public services; we pronounce a panegyric before an assembly gathered for the occasion.


8. Gregarious (Adjective)
Gre-gar-i-ous

1. Found of the company of others, sociable
2. Living in folks or herds, as animals

—Synonyms 1. Social, genial, outgoing, convivial, companionable, friendly, extroverted.

Gregariously (Adverb)
Gregariousness (noun)

gre•gar'i•ous•ly adv., gre•gar'i•ous•ness n.

9. Misanthropy (noun)
Mis-an-thropy

Hatred, dislike, or distrust of human kind


10. Misogyny
mi-sog-y-ny

Meaning: Dislike of women, mistrust of women or distrust of women
Misogynic, Misogynous, Misogynistic (Adjective)
Misogynist(Noun)

Usage:
1. First ever misogynist recorded in the XYZ history.

11. Obstetrician (Noun)
After childbirth doctor

12. Panegyric (Noun)
Pan-e-gyr-ic

Meaning: A high praise or eulogy, Homage, tribute or encomium

Usage: Eulogy, Eulogium, Encomium, Panegyric. The idea of praise is common to all these words. The word encomium is used of both persons and things which are the result of human action, and denotes warm praise. Eulogium and eulogy apply only to persons and are more studied and of greater length. A panegyric was originally a set speech in a full assembly of the people, and hence denotes a more formal eulogy, couched in terms of warm and continuous praise, especially as to personal character. We may bestow encomiums on any work of art, on production of genius, without reference to the performer; we bestow eulogies, or pronounce a eulogium, upon some individual distinguished for his merit public services; we pronounce a panegyric before an assembly gathered for the occasion.


13. Ukase (Noun)
U-kase

Forceful order, order from authority
Synonyms edict, directive, ruling, decree, fiat

14. Vicarious (Adjective)
Vi-car-i-ous

Vicariously (Adverb)
Vicariism(Noun)
Vicariousness (Noun)

Meaning: Performed, received, exercised or suffered in place of another, Substitute another


Example:
1. Vicarious punishment
2. Read about mountain climbing and experienced vicarious thrills.

15. Gullible (Adjective)
[guhl-uh-buh l]

Gullible (Adjective)
Gullibility (Noun)
Gullibly (Adverb)

A gullible person is easily gullied i.e., cheated, deceived, tricked or fooled. Hence, if you are a gullible you believe almost anything you hear, you are utterly without skepticism, you tend to be over trusting and unsuspicious.

Examples:
1. Gullible housewives fall easy prey to unscrupulous sales men.
2. Gullible tourists taken in by the shell game.



16. Cacophony (Noun)
[kuh-kof-uh-nee]

Cacophony (noun)
Cacophonies (noun)
Meaning: Harsh Sound

Example:
1. To rustic visitor, the cacophony of a big city is often terrifying.
2. The cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
3. I heard a cacophony of horns during the traffic jam.
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+1 - really good stuff.
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