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Word: Ablution

The word “Ablution” should remind you of “Blue Ocean”. Sounds similar and rhymes right? Imagine being in front of a blue ocean. What do you do? Of course, go take a bath. Indulge in ablution. Well, in a way. Remember thus.

Word: Bauble

“Bauble” sounds a lot like “Bubble” – looks cool but has no real value and all it requires to go bust is a prick! Just like a bubble is something that is only superficially attractive but has nothing substantial inside it, a bauble too is just a gimmick without much value.

Word: Asperity

Imagine the personal secretary of a top boss. Her tone is sharp and she does not listen to anybody but the boss. Her standard statements start with the phrase: “As per…”. Remember the word “Asperity” thus: AS + PER + IT + Y. Guess the name of the personal secretary. Yes, it Mme. Asperity. She is harsh with a sharp tone.

Word: Bandy

Imagine yourself in a cool band where you pass on information to each other in a casual manner just like that. Remember the phrase “bandied about” thus: The band members bandied about many urban myths just for fun.

Word: Badinage

Read “Badinage” as “Bad + In + Age”. Imagine yourself making a bad joke regarding the age of a friend in a harmless yet refined way. The friend does not mind the banter and laughs with you at the suggestion. Remember thus.

Word: Dabble

Imagine yourself throwing a flat pebble on water to make it skip. You just do it casually to have fun. You are serious about it! The word “Dabble” should remind you of that “Pebble”. When you take part in any activity in a casual or superficial way, that would mean that you are dabbling. Remember thus.

Word: Dawdle

The word “Dawdle” should remind you of someone who is not doing anything serious but is busy daydreaming and doodling, i.e., scribbling absent-mindedly. Dawdle, Doodle! Remember thus. (Psst! Nowadays, even doodling can be serious business.)

Word: Bugaboo

Think of “Bugaboo” as Bug + a + Boo. Now, imagine a cute, little bug that tries to scare you by shouting out “Boo!” But that cute little bug is no threat! It may just cause fear or distress out of proportion to its importance. Remember thus.

Word: Gauche

“Gauche” is pronounced like “Gowsh” that has similarities to “Gosh!”. Imagine someone so clumsy that you have to shout out at their gauche behavior out loud with the word “Gosh!” Remember thus.