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Double-barrelled words- 4

gender-bender     fuddy duddy         nitty gritty          pell-mell          roly-poly          goody-goody shilly-shally          loosy-goosy            ding-dong        yin-yang        hogen-mogen      mumbo-jumbo

gender-bender (N)
  • a person who dresses in the clothes of the other sex
  • a person who dresses and behaves like the opposite sex
  1. Many gender-benders came in the party.

fuddy-duddy (N)
  • a person who is very old-fashioned and pompous
  1. He talks like old fuddy-duddy.

nitty-gritty (N)
  • the most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation
  • the most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  1. Tables are the nitty-gritty of Maths.
  2. Grammar is the nitty-gritty of English.

pell-mell (Adv./Adj./N)
  • in a confused, rushed, or disorderly manner (Adv.)
  • hasty or disorganized (Adj.)
  • a disorderly situation or collection of things (N)
  1. The children rushed pell-mell down the stairs.

goody-goody (N/Adj.)
  • self righteous
  • a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
  1. If you want promotion, you must be goody-goody for the seniors.

ding-dong (N)
  • used to represent the sound made by a bell
  • an argument or fight
  • heartily or earnestly
  1. They fell to work ding-dong.
  2. They were having a real ding-dong on the doorstep.
  3. I rang the bell ding-dong and then entered the house.

loosy-goosy (Adj.)
  • relaxed and comfortable
  1. After eating some fruits, I feel loosy-goosy.

mumbo-jumbo (N)
  • language or ritual causing confusion
  1. In a festival, we do many mumbo-jumbo.

roly-poly (Adj./N)
  • short, round and fat
  • a hot sweet make from suet pastry spread with jam and rolled up
  1. My little brother is very roly-poly.
  2. And he likes to eat roly-poly.

hogen-mogen (N/Adj.)
  • a person having high power
  • powerful; grand
  1. Don't show me your hogen-mogen status.
  2. I am going to a hogen-mogen party

shilly-shally (V/N)
  • fail to act resolutely or firmly
  • to take a long time to do something, especially to make a decision
  • not firm behaviour
  1. Stop shilly-shallying and make up your mind.
  2. Our govenment is shilly-shallying about the suicide of the student.

yin-yang (N)
  • two complementary opposites
  1. Boys and girls are yin-yang.
  2. Husband and wife is the best example of yin-yang.
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First E-book from Vocabeasy

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Homonyms: Words of more than one meaning -17

China         Stout             Collected                Swear                    Boring                            Dog                         Battery                          Flag                           Hard-wired                         Ragamuffin


China (N)

  • a country in eastern Asia
white clay which is baked and used for making delicate cups, plates, etc
cups, plates, etc. that are made of china

Stout  (N/Adj.)

  • (of a person) rather fat
  • strong and thick (of a thing)
  • (of a person) brave and determined
Strong dark beer made with malt or barley

Collected     (Past participle/Adj.)

  • past participle of verb-collect
very calm and in control of yourself

Swear    (V)

  • to make a serious promise to do something
  • to make a public or official promise, especially in court
to use rude or offensive language, usually because you are angry

Boring  (N/Adj.)

  • Not interesting; making you feel tired
The act of drilling

Dog  (N/V)

  • an animal
to cause you trouble for a long time.  Usage: Her career was dogged by misfortune.
to follow somebody closely

Battery (N)

  • a device that produces electricity 
a large number of things or people of the same type
the crime of attacking somebody physically

Flag  (N/V)

  • a piece of cloth with a special coloured design on it that may be the symbol of a particular country or organization
  • to put a special mark next to information that you think is important
to become tired, weaker or less enthusiastic

 Hard-wired  (Adj.)

  • built into the permanent system and not provided by software
a skill, quality or type of behaviour present when you are born and not changing during your life

Ragamuffin  (N)

  • a child who is wearing old clothes that are torn and dirty
a person who likes or performs ragga music

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Beside and Besides With Tricks

Beside and Besides look very similar; its similarity confuses many learners as well as me. An extra "s" changes their meanings and uses. Now, we have a mind trick that will help you memorize their usages.

Beside (Preposition)
  • Beside is a preposition meaning next to or at the side of somebody or something 
  • compared with somebody or something
  1. He is sleeping beside her dead body. (= next to)
  2. I always sit beside my best mate.
  3. My body figure is not good beside yours. (compared with your body)

Besides (preposition and adverb)
  • As a preposition, Besides means in addition to, as well as, apart from, and except for.
  • As an adverb, Besides means also, in any case, and in addition. It is used to make an extra comment that adds to what you have just said. (Oxford)
  1. Besides Maths, we have to study History and English. (Preposition, = in addition to Maths, we... .)
  2. We have a lot of things in common besides music.(Preposition)
  3. I don't really want to go. Besides it's too late now. (extra comment, used as an adverb.)

Mind Tricks:
How to learn the differentiation.
Beside has two words: be and side. Hence, it means be on side of someone or something.
 Knowing that Besides means in addition to, we see one additional letter, i.e. "s" added to Beside.  With the help of this "s", we can guess that whenever one additional s is added to the word Beside, then, it means in addition to.(Besides = in addition to)

Beware of Punctuation
  • Beside doesn't take any comma.
Besides usually goes at the beginning of a sentence, but sometimes it can be placed at end of the sentence. Whenever Besides goes at the beginning of a sentence, it always takes a comma just after it.
  1. I don't like those shirts. Besides, they are cheap.
  2. I don't like those shirts; they are cheap besides. (no comma)

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Its vs It's

Its and It's is one of the most common mistakes in the English grammar. A large number of writers make mistake using them. Now, Vocabeasy has a superb mind trick for this that doesn't let you mar your grammar.

        Its  (without apostrophe)
  • its is the possessive case of it. (like yours, hers, ours)
  1. Robot has lost its power. (not it's)
  2. The rest of its funding comes from state.

        It's (with apostrophe)
  • It's is the contraction form of "it is". It is not in possessive form, we add 's to a singular noun to show possession like- Ram's, Joe's, etc. 
  • Keep in mind that it is a pronoun, and we never add an apostrophe (') to make a pronoun possessive. Add only "s" to a pronoun to make possessive like yours, theirs, hers, ours and its
  1. It's a computer. = It is  
  2. It's been a year since I met her. = It has

Mind Tricks:
Whenever see an apostrophe (') in the it's, consider the apostrophe equal to i, ' = i, and make it: it is or it has. See our visual word below for more detail.

Visual word

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Emigrate, Immigrate, Migrate

Most of the time we get confused: whether to use immigrate or emigrate, or just simply use the word migrate. Now we have Mind Tricks to remember the usages of these words.
Immigrate (V)
  • to come and live permanently in a country after leaving your own country
  • to come to a country to live there
  1. My grandson immigrated to India.
  2. European Jews are immigrating to Israel.
  3. For better life, our parents immigrated to Britain.

Emigrate (V)
  • to leave your country to go and live permanently in another country
  • to leave a country or region to live elsewhere
  1. The mass emigration of people from poor country.
  2. I want to emirate from my country.

Migrate (V)
  • to move from place to another
  • to move from one town, country to live or work in another
  1. Birds migrate according to season.
  2. Owing to dearth of forest, wild animals are migrating towards town.

Visual Words

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Mind Tricks:
Immigrate and Emigrate has the same root- migrate. Migrate means to move from one place to another; it does not mean to settle down in a place. 
The word Immigrate origins from Im(in)+ migrate; im means in and migrate means to move. When you go in a country to settle down there: you immigrate. Same way, Emigrate from E(ex) + migrate; e for ex means exit and migrate means to move. When you exit your county to settle down in another country, you emigrate to there.
In short,
Prefix E stands for Exit in Emigrate. 
Prefix Im stands for In or come in in Immigrate. 
"I emigrated from India and immigrated to Russia."

in the end or at the end ?

                             in the end or at the end                                                            
You may be surprised knowing that "in the end" and "at the end" are not synonyms. They have different meaning in a sentence at a time. So let us meet them.

 in the end
  • after effort, finally, after all
  • it is used to suggest that something happens after a lot changes and problems
Usages :
  1. The hero kills the villain, and in the end, hero meets his love. (finally)
  2. I had been preparing for the exams, in the end, I passed. (after all)

 at the end
  • last, at the point at which something end
  • it simply suggest position at the end
  1. We place full stop at the end of a sentence.
  2. Company will paid you at the end of week.

Mind Tricks:
Generally, At is used for position: such as at the wall, at the corner, at the door, etc. As at suggests position, at the end means something at the last or final point or position.
However, In means inside of something or into something. So, in the end suggests that something involves inside of something that is its last stage (end).

Words asked in SSC Exams- 12


  • praise or an award for an achievement that people admire
Mind Tricks:
Link the word Accolade with cola , a company. Cola has won so many awards (accolade) for their best service.
  1. She has been winning accolades for her performances in small plays.

STARK (Adj./Adv.)
  • having a very plain and empty appearance, without any colour or decoration
eg.: a stark hall, a stark room
  • unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience; real, and impossible to avoid
eg.: the stark reality of death
  • clear, very obvious; very plain and easy to see
eg.: stark differences
  • complete and total
  • completely or fully (Adv.)
eg.: stark naked = completely naked

Mind Tricks:
Relate the word Stark with Star. Now, a star(sun) has no colour; you can't avoid a star; Stars are very clear and easy to see.

  • working very hard and taking great care that every thing is done as will as it can be 

Mind Tricks:
The first word in Assiduous is Ass, a hard working animal, as is well known. You work like an Ass -you are an Assiduous.
  1. He is assiduous in her duties.
  2. The project required some assiduous planning.

  • liking, preference
  • a natural liking for something
Mind Tricks:
As the word suggests pre means before and dilection = Selection. If you have selected something before seeing or getting it, you have predilection for it.

  1. She followed her own predilections.
  2. He has a predilection for drinks.

Laconic (Adj.)
  • effectively cut short; brief and to the point
  • using only a few words to say something

Mind Tricks:
Lack of words means Laconic.
  1. A good writer has laconic style of writing.
  2. Replying in only yes or no is laconic.

  • a feeling of strong dislike of someone of something you think does not deserve respect
  • to think that somebody/something is not good enough to deserve your respect
  • to refuse to so something because you think that you are too important to do it

Mind Tricks:
Disdain = Dislike
  1. He disdained to bring a glass of water.
  2. He turned his head away in disdain.

  • beginning to exit; not yet fully developed
Mind Tricks:
Nascent sounds like Nasa sentNasa sent a plane on Mars to begin a new civilization there.
  1. A nascent planet has been seen in our galaxy.
  2. The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career.

  • to encourage somebody to do something violent, illegal or unpleasant, especially by making them angry or excited

Mind Tricks:
Incite means to excite; only is the difference to do something violent, illegal or unpleasant.
  1. The leaders incite the attackers.
  2. He incited the workforce to come out on strike.

  • to twist or move your body without stopping because of great pain
  • to twist your body from side to side

Mind Tricks:
Writhe sounds like Wrath, which means extreme anger. Your wrath makes your body to writhe
Writhe looks like Write. Writing may make your finger twisted.  
  1. She lay on the floor, writhing pain.
  2. The snake writhed and hissed.

  • unfair or cruel use of power or authority
  • a government in which all power belongs to one person

Mind Tricks:
Relate the word Tyranny to Tyrannosaurus Rex. 
In the Jurassic period, Tyrannosaurus Rex used its power to kill other tiny animals; and it dominated the large area. 
  1. A nation ruled by tyranny
  2. The tyrannies of Nazi rule

  • stubborn
  • refusing to change your mind
  • not willing to change your opinion or the way you do something
 Mind tricks:
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  1. He has an obdurate attitude.
  2. My dog is very obdurate.

  • having great charm or appeal
  • having charisma
Mind Tricks:
Charismatic is taken from the Hindi word- Charisma, which means charm.
  1. He is a charismatic leader
  2. Rakhi has very charismatic smile.
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