Monday, February 12, 2007

Vocab building can be fun

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

cacopygian
callimastian
megamastian
pusillomastian
platymastian
pseudomastian

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.

6 comments:

Ravi said...

At 1:30 AM in the morning that is a lot of thinking. I could well imagine your state :P
Though I really appreciate this pioneering effort of starting a new field of study.

Leoraja said...

What a way to start... i never knew you had so much of hidden talent - especially in this field. Well i should have guessed from the 'Bada Mamu Vali' stuff...

siva said...

@ravi:Actually i posted it this morning.It is showing the wrong time.
@ravi,leo:Did u guys figure out the meanings?

Ravi said...

not for every word. But the first 2-3 yes. And can figure out the rest. You could be more descriptive, and with your next post this definitely is heading for a incest stories link :)

siva said...

incest...c'mon the second post is about by naivete

Ravi said...

A naivete observant enough to remember the 'luscious lips'. But good posts keep it coming. Looking forward to the Rinjani ones.