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.

Word: Virulent

The word “Viru-lent” should remind you of deadly viruses such as the coronaviruses. Such virulent viruses are extremely deadly just like the virulent people who would not think twice before harming you. Remember thus.

Word: Primordial

“Primordial” should remind you of a primitive primate such as the lemurs. The primitive primates have retained the characteristics of their ancestors from millions of years ago. They have not really changed or evolved. They have a raw and basic instinct. Remember thus.

Word: Zealot

“Zealot” can be thought of “Zeal”+ “Lot”. Imagine someone showing a lot of zeal, i.e., enthusiasm, so much so that he does not let others say or do anything. He just has his own way! For example, overtly religious people can be zealots – they would not care to listen to other people’s beliefs or lack of beliefs. Remember thus.

Word: Satiate

“Sati-ate” closely resembles “Sati-sfy”. Imagine yourself sitting and eating to your heart’s content till the time you are satisfied i.e., satiated. You can also remember “Satiate” by thinking of it as “Sat” + “Ate”. Remember thus.

Word: Buttress

The “Butt-ress” can be remembered by using “Butt” + “Rest”, “Butt” reminding ourselves of our buttocks. Imagine yourself sitting on small pillar to give your butt some support and rest. The pillar is thus acting as a buttress (noun) for your body. Remember thus.

Word: Xenophobia

Use the word-roots to remember this word. “Xeno” refers to “foreign origin”. The root itself looks alien, doesn’t it? And “phobia” refers to fear of something. Adding both of them together we get “Xenophobia” that refers to fear or dislike or prejudice against people from other countries.

Word: Pedantic

Imagine a football referee who is pedantic i.e., so concerned with minor rules or details that he would award your opposition team a penalty each time you touch the other team’s players even a little. How boring, ref! Remember thus.