Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Referendum - direct vote by all the people
Usage - The new rules were approved by referendum
Link - sounds like refer + dum(strength)....we "refer" politicians on our own "dum". So we directly vote them....

Refractory - unmanageable, disobedient and stubborn
Usage - He is a very refractory child
Link - refract(...we learnt that light refracts.i.e it bends away..)so a REFRACTORY person tries to BEND AWAY from rules by being DISOBEDIENT & STUBBORN...

Refurbish - very bright, renovate
Usage - We refurbished the guest wing
Link - by changing one character from "b" to :n" we get REFURNISH. i.e. refurnishing something - renovate or make bright by furnishing again...

Refute - to prove that something is wrong
Usage - The argument was refuted by two points
Link - refute rhymes with refuse, when you DISAPPROVE OF something, or if something is false or refute it or disapprove..

Regale - entertain or amuse somebody with stories or jokes etc.
Usage - She regaled her house guests with good food every night.
Link -  Regal is a famous movie theater in Delhi & the U.S which shows bf films...,so Regal+ e(entertainment)
Link2 - re+gale(remember chris gayle )if he comes to bat again he always provides entertainment to audience...

Rejoinder - a reply esp a quick and critical one to a question
Usage - It brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher
Link - "rejoin the mental hospital" was my rejoinder when he asked stupid questions...

Rejuvenate - make young again
Usage - The old man rejuvenated when he became a grandfather
Link - sounds like re(agian)+juve(sounds like yuva(hindi-young) so to make young again...

Relegate - put into a lower or worse place
Usage - People argue about how to relegate certain mushrooms
Link - sounds like rele(relatives+gate)your relatives are crying at THE GATE because you are not allowing them to enter your house, you have put them in a worse place i.e the GATE WHICH IS ALMOST LIKE A FOOTPATH..

Relent - become less severe, to finally agree after refusing many times
Usage - He is known to be one who doesn't relent easily
Link - Land owner relented and lent me some money....

Relic - an object or tradition that has survived from a period of time
Usage - One of the outcomes of the Crusades was the production of many religious relics
Link -  associate with reel.. when we visit a place, the camera reel has all the memories, so pICk the REel and you are through...all the pictures survive in the reel for long period of time..

Relinquish - give up something (with reluctance)
Usage - I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
Link - Sanjay dutt had to relinquish the links with Dawood...

Reminiscence - recollection
Usage -  He has total reminiscence of the episode
Link - sounds like re + mini + scene - recollecting mini scenes from our past memories...

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