Vocabulary Tricks Part 12: Cell phones


Cell phones are the most common electronic gadgets. They have become an integral part of our life. Every person uses cell phones whether he is a corporate honcho or a vegetable vendor.
But the usage of mobile phones by children in schools is a matter of worry. Cell phones should be allowed to children in schools or not has become a moot topic.
Parents want to remain in touch with their children instead of seething with anxiety. Students can also summon help when they are stranded. Cell phones can be fruitful in security lapses like abduction.
However, cell phones have negative implications too. Cell phones are blamed for distortion of language as students type in short forms due to which they are not able to spell words correctly. They also misuse phones to distract the class and this proves detrimental for their studies.


WORDS WITH MEANING AND ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES


Gadgets

Meaning: A small mechanical or electronic device or tool
Example: The shop sells a variety of kitchen gadgets.
Synonym: appliance, apparatus, instrument

Integral

Meaning: Necessary
Example: Games are an integral part of the school's curriculum.
Synonym: essential, fundamental, basic, intrinsic

Honcho

Meaning: A leader or manager; the person in charge
Example:About 170 industry honchos will participate in the meeting from India.
Synonym: chief, head, principal, boss

Moot

Meaning: Subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty
Example: Whether the temperature rise was mainly due to the greenhouse effect was a moot point
Synonym: debatable, open to debate, open to discussion, arguable

Seethe

Meaning: be filled with intense but unexpressed anger
Example: Inwardly he was seething with rage against himself.
Synonym: be angry, be furious, be enraged, be incensed

Summon

Meaning: Urgently demand (help)
Example: She summoned medical assistance.
Synonym: ask for help

Stranded

Meaning: Left without the means to move from somewhere
Example: she offers a lift to a stranded person.
Synonym: helpless, without assistance, without help

Fruitful

Meaning: Producing good or helpful results; productive
Example: Memoirs can be a fruitful source of information
Synonym: productive, constructive, useful

Lapse

Meaning: A brief or temporary failure
Example: A lapse of concentration in the second set cost her the match
Synonym: failure, failing, slip, error, mistake

Abduction

Meaning: The action of forcibly taking someone away against their will
Example: His abduction was planned.
Synonym: kidnapping

Implication

Meaning: A likely consequence of something
Example: Her victory had important political implications.
Synonym: consequence, result, ramification, repercussion

Distortion

Meaning: deformation
Example: The virus causes distortion of the leaves.
Synonym: warp, twist, contortion, bend

Distract

Meaning: Prevent (someone) from concentrating on something
Example: Don't allow noise to distract you from your work.
Synonym: disturbing, unsettling, intrusive, disconcerting

Detrimental

Meaning: Tending to cause harm
Example: Recent policies have been detrimental to the interests of many old people
Synonym: harmful
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