“He’s a virus spoiling the whole environment. He plays one flatmate against another. I want him out of the apartment,” a distraught young man shares his predicament with a friend.
“From what you tell me about him, he’s a stubborn malware that just won’t go away. Press the back button; move into the flat where you stayed previously. I’m certain your old flatmates will be glad to have you back,” is the advice given by the commiserating friend.
On Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) or in any other region, anywhere in the world that has a mammoth presence of software professionals, non-IT conversations punctuated with tech terms are common. Software professionals who utter such lines are often unaware of this. It takes someone from outside the industry to point it out to them.
Until recently, when he paused to think about it, software professional Aritra Biswas (who used to work at the office of an IT major on OMR and is now posted in Bengaluru) was oblivious to the fact that the function and modifier keys had been imparted additional meanings by his colleagues and friends from the industry.
To the uninitiated ear, usages like ‘Control-C-Control-V’ may strike a jarring note and even sound unreal. But the fact is, IT terms have also invaded the non-IT world and keep rolling off the tongues of people more often than they realise.
“It’s common to hear people say ‘ping me’ and a majority of them are not aware that it’s a network terminology,” says PV Bharadwaj, who lives a short jog away from the IT Corridor and has been engaged in the development of tech-based products.
Similarly, multi-tasking is a term straight out of the IT industry. Computers can carry out a raft of tasks simultaneously, which is where the term comes from.
After all, information technology has invaded almost all aspects of our lives and it’s only to be expected that the words we speak will partly bear its influence.
If you agree with what I just said, please ‘Control-C-Control-V’ it.
(Source: The Hindu)
Meaning of Highlighted Words
SnatchMeaning: A portion of song or talk.
Example: They sing snatches of popular songs.
Synonyms: fragment, snippet, smattering, bit, scrap
KioskMeaning: A small open-fronted hut or cubicle from which newspapers, refreshments, tickets, etc. are sold.
Example: We bought bus tickets at a nearby kiosk.
Synonyms: booth, stand, stall, counter, refreshments kiosk, news stand, bookstall, telephone kiosk
DistraughtMeaning: Very worried and upset.
Example: They were too distraught to talk.
Synonyms: distressed, fraught, devastated, shattered
PredicamentMeaning: A difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation.
Example: She was completely alone in her predicament.
Synonyms: mess, difficulty, problematic situation, issue, plight, quandary, trouble, muddle
StubbornMeaning: Not ready to change one's attitude in spite of good reasons to do so.
Example: She is a silly, stubborn old woman.
Synonyms: obstinate, mulish, headstrong, strong-willed, self-willed, recalcitrant, refractory
CommiserateMeaning: Express or feel sympathy or pity
Example: She must come to commiserate with the poor woman.
Synonyms: offer condolences to, feel pity for, feel sorry for
Example: It was a mammoth task.
Synonyms: enormous, gigantic, giant, colossal, massive, vast, immense
PunctuateMeaning: Interrupt or intermix something with.
Example: She punctuates her conversation with snatches of song.
Synonyms: break up, pepper, sprinkle, scatter, strew, dot
Example: His eyes were closed and he was completely oblivious to what was happening around him.
Synonyms: unconscious, heedless, unmindful, insensible, unheeding, impervious, ignorant
UninitiatedMeaning: Without special knowledge or experience.
Example: The topic was not easy to follow for the uninitiated.
Synonyms: inexpert, untutored, unqualified, unskilled, amateur
JarringMeaning: Inappropriate in a striking or shocking way.
Example: The text makes jarring jumps from one subject to another.
RaftMeaning: A large amount of something.
Example: A raft of government initiatives.
InvadeMeaning: Enter into a place, situation, or sphere of activity.
Example: Activists once again invaded his farm.
Synonyms: permeate, pervade, fill, spread over, diffuse through, imbue
We are providing the Quiz as per latest pattern of Vocabulary Questions.
A word is given followed by four alternatives. You have to mark the synonym or antonym of the given word.
1. DistraughtA. Permeate
2. PredicamentA. Devastated
4. MammothA. Little
6. ObliviousA. Snippet
B. AmateurC. Counter
8. RaftA. Issue
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