Preparing for GRE and other competitive exams requires a mastery of english words, some of which we may never use in our lifetime. Cramming down entire wordlists doesn't come naturally to everyone.Learning words through etymology is a very interesting way to go about it . Anyone who has used Norman Lewis' "Word power made easy" will agree. It is even better if the words themselves are interesting. The one word from Norman Lewis that immediately comes to mind is callipygous or callipygian. The word means having a beautiful, shapely posterior or in layman terms, having a nice ass. The word comes from two greek roots Kallos meaning beautiful and pyge meaning buttocks. Now anyone who comes across this word will not forget it for obvious reasons. Immediately the mind wanders to the next obvious question,which could be what is the equivalent term for an ugly ass (for pessimists) or what is the term for a beautiful pair of well u know what(for optimists...or perverts). This got me thinking and i coined a few words from my knowledge of etymology
Apart from the first word, i couldn't find any of the others listed in any online lexicon.
I leave it to my readers to figure out the meanings of these words. I strongly ask everyone to contribute more such words to the queen's language and in the process building up your own vocabulary.