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Re: Vocab in the Movies: Avatar [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2011, 10:37
What does the vocabulary in Avatar have anything to do with GRE? Isn't this forum about helping to study for and pass the GRE? I don't see how your post has anything to do with that.
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Re: Vocab in the Movies: Avatar [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2011, 12:11
Gre tests vocal and synonyms/antonyms...hence the helpful post. Thanks for a fun way to look at a couple tough words
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Re: Vocab in the Movies: Avatar [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2011, 09:56

Vocab in the Movies: Avatar



When the film Avatar came out, many online dictionaries reported that avatar was one of the most frequently looked up words for the month.

In Hinduism, an avatar is an incarnation of a god. On the internet, an avatar is a small image a user chooses to represent him or herself. In regular speech, however, an avatar is “an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.” As in, “Having traveled the world with a backpack, I consider Dora the Explorer the avatar of my peripatetic lifestyle.”

Other words you can use in a similar way include apotheosis, archetype, epitome, exemplar, and quintessence.

For instance:

    The coq au vin is the epitome of French cuisine.

    Torture is the quintessence of evil.

    Jason Statham is an exemplar of action heroes.

    Her role in the play wasn’t well-developed; the character was simply an earth-mother archetype who served as a foil to the crafty — and more modernized — leading role.

Avatar is one of those words everyone thinks he knows — until you ask him for a definition. You are now one of the few people who knows how to use the word when you’re not on Pandora!

Manhattan GRE’s blog is written by one of our real-live GRE instructors. She teaches in New York. To learn about Manhattan GRE’s classes, go here. To suggest a word or topic for the blog, email jenniferd@manhattangmat.com.

Blog post provided by Manhattan GMAT and can be viewed here: http://www.manhattangre.com/blog/index. ... es-avatar/
Re: Vocab in the Movies: Avatar   [#permalink] 19 Jan 2011, 09:56
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