Thursday, 26 February 2015


Overweening (adjective)
1. showing excessive arrogance or pride

There, culture is seen as synonymous with the country's national identity, with its almost arrogant self-belief, and with an overweening pride in its own achievements.

- William Ming

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


Alacrity (noun)
1. brisk and cheerful readiness

She accepted the invitation with alacrity.

- Siao Boon Kiat

Monday, 23 February 2015

Abberation / Aberration

Abberation / Aberration (noun)
1. the act of deviating from the norm; not typical

Turning up late for class was an aberration for Mr Ong.

- Rachit Agrwal

Friday, 20 February 2015


Amalgamate (verb):
1. (used with object) To mix or merge so as to make a combination
2. (used without object) To combine, unite, merge or coalesce

The three schools decided to amalgamate.

- Ng Tze Wei, Bruce Mitchell

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Defenestration [noun]
1. The act of throwing a thing or a person out of a window
2. A swift dismissal or expulsion

During the First Defenestration of Prague, a judge, a burgomaster and thirteen members of the town council were thrown out of the window and into the street, where they were killed by the fall or dispatched by an angry mob.

- Timothy Ng

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Ballast (noun):
1. Anything that gives mental, moral or political stability or steadiness

He grew up without the ballast of a steady income.

- Michael Chun Kai Peng

Sunday, 15 February 2015


Gerrymander (verb)
1. To manipulate the boundaries (of an electoral constituency) so as to favour one party or class
Their attempt to gerrymander the electoral result was exposed last week.

- Loh Xian Ze, Bryan

Thursday, 12 February 2015


Orient (noun)
1. Countries in the east
My ancestors came from the Orient

- Ge Wai Lok

Wednesday, 11 February 2015


Affidavit [noun]
1. A written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court

A former employee swore an affidavit relating to his claim for unfair dismissal.

- Chow Zi Jie 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015


Eradicate [verb]
1. To pull up by the roots
2. To do away with as completely as if by pulling up by the roots:
The new mayor promised that his term in office would be devoted to reducing crime and eradicating homelessness throughout the city.

- Timothy Cheong

Sunday, 8 February 2015


Spell Syllables
Examples Word Origin
of or characterized by solipsism, or the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist:
Her treatment philosophy dealt with madness as a complete, self-contained, solipsistic world that sane people are not able to enter.

Saturday, 7 February 2015


Ruminate - Verb

1 formal to think carefully and deeply about something
ruminate on/over
He sat alone, ruminating on the injustice of the world.
2 technical if animals such as cows ruminate, they bring food back into their mouths from their stomachs and chew it again
rumination noun

Friday, 6 February 2015



[ih-buhl-yuh nt, ih-boo l-] 
overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited:
The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in herhonor.
bubbling up like a boiling liquid.

Thursday, 5 February 2015


Hi guys. We're starting this English initiative from tomorrow onwards. We'll try it for this month and then we'll see if we want to continue it. Basically, it's a "improve our vocabulary as a class". Let me explain how it works.

For example, tomorrow is 6 Feb. My register number is 6. Therefore, I have to post a word of the day (optional: definition and example) on the class blog with the tag: wordoftheday.

7 Feb would be Asritha with register number 7, 8 Feb Praveen and so on. 27-31 of each month will be rest days where we don't have to post.

If you decide not to post, donate at least 25 sweets to the class sweet jar as compensation. If you think that someone's word of the day is too simple (or difficult or inappropriate), please comment on his/her post another word that you think would be more suitable.

Thank you!