Thursday, December 30, 2010


Temporal - not lasting forever, worldly
Usage - Also, the net is very tolerant of temporal variability in the signal.
Link - temporal is derived from temporary which means lasting only for a time

Temporize - to delay, or protract a discussion, negotiation, etc., esp in order to gain time or effect a compromise 
Usage - The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote
Link – sounds like Temper + rise. In a team meeting, if a person does not answer to the point, instead tries to equivocate, the tempers of the team leaders will surely rise...
Link2 - sounds like memorize....If you are not able to memorize the GRE words properly you temporize your plan to schedule the exam date immediately..

Tenable - able to be upheld, believed, maintained, or defended, reasonable, plausible. 

Usage - This argument is simply not tenable.
Link – Ten + able. Will you be able to believe, if your friend says that he has ten kilos of moon rock?? No na, you argue by saying, ‘dude that’s not tenable’.

Tenacious - holding or grasping firmly, tending to stick or adhere, stubborn or persistent. 

Usage - He has a particularly tenacious grip on life.
Link – sounds like Tenu + she + yes. Tenu (means ‘you’ in Punjabi), a charming boy held the girl’s hand firmly and said, ‘tenu leke ghar jaoonga’ (i will take you home). The girl said NO, but his charm and persistent efforts bowled her and she said ‘YES’!!
Link2 - Sounds like ten Asians. Ten developing Asian countries if united together, can not be pulled apart.

Tenancy - temporary possession or holding by a tenant of lands or property owned by another.
Usage - Check the terms of your tenancy closely.
Link – sounds like Nancy. Nanny told Nancy, her new tenant, ‘please go through the terms and conditions of your tenancy’.

Tendentious - having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one, a partisan.

 Usage - a tendentious account of the recent elections.
Link – sounds like Ten + senti . Raj had a tendentious nature; he gave 2 cents to Ramesh and ten cents to Suresh....Poor ramesh got senti.....

Tenet - an opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by a person or especially by an organization 

Usage - non violence is the central tenet of their faith
Link - sounds like the tenants were given a set of DOCTRINE by the owner before they could occupy the house.....

Tentative -
uncertain, hesitant, not definite or positive 
Usage - The restaurant hired two tentative cooks to deal with the extra rush during the holiday season. 
Link - sounds like tent + tenant....Living in a tent temporarily. If you are living in a tent, you are unsettled.

Tenuous - long and thin, slender, lacking substance
Usage - It is like a tenuous string
Link - sounds like tennis....women who play tennis are long and thin and generally lack the substance( hope you understood :P)

Tepid - moderately warm, lukewarm, lacking in emotional warmth 

Usage - He hates tepid coffee
Link - sounds like winters everyone wants to have tepid water from the tap in the morning....
Link - sounds like insiPID....insipid is lacking in taste and tepid is lacking in emotional warmth

Tertiary - third in place, order, degree, or rank

Usage - Tertiary education follows secondary education
Link - You can remember the meaning like this : primary education--> secondary education --> tertiary education; so something which comes afterSECONDary education is Tertiary education

Testator - maker of a will 

Link - sounds like estator....means the owner of the estate....the estator wrote a testator.....

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