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InfiniteZounds IZ 121: Set II (Books, Entertainment & Media, Language & Etymology)

  1. 1. Infinite ZoundsIZ 121 a selection of questions from 2010 and 2011 J. RamanandSet II: Books, Entertainment & Media, Language & Etymology
  2. 2. CopyrightInfinite Zounds : IZ 121 by J Ramanand is licensed under a CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Authors NoteIn essence, this license allows you to reuse the contents of this book only innon-commercial settings, expects you to provide credits to me if you use orderive from these questions, and allows you to redistribute your derivationsunder the same terms.So if you want to use these questions, go ahead. The only request is that youprovide adequate credit to this author wherever and whenever you usethese questions in the form you found them here.Dhanyavaad.
  3. 3. Books &Literature
  4. 4. Jennifer Egans book "A Visit From the Goon Squad" won the 2011 Pulitzer Prizefor Fiction. The book is a set of stories about Bennie Salazar, a music executiveand one-time-rocker, and characters connected to him.An interesting aspect to the book is the presence of a chapter (about a girls diary)set in a particular form, which has probably never been used in a mainstreamliterary novel. Some critics thought of it as a gimmick, while others have laudedthe idea. Egan says she was inspired from how the 2008 Obama campaignbenefited from one such document to spur a turnaround in their fortunes.What form is this chapter in? BOOKS
  5. 5. Jennifer Egans book "A Visit From the Goon Squad" won the 2011 Pulitzer Prizefor Fiction. The book is a set of stories about Bennie Salazar, a music executiveand one-time-rocker, and characters connected to him.An interesting aspect to the book is the presence of a chapter (about a girls diary)set in a particular form, which has probably never been used in a mainstreamliterary novel. Some critics thought of it as a gimmick, while others have laudedthe idea. Egan says she was inspired from how the 2008 Obama campaignbenefited from one such document to spur a turnaround in their fortunes.What form is this chapter in? BOOKSPowerpoint slides.
  6. 6. This author made his feature film debut as an actor in thethe film "7 Khoon Maaf" directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.Who? BOOKS
  7. 7. This author made his feature film debut as an actor in thethe film "7 Khoon Maaf" directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.Who? BOOKSRuskin Bond; the film is based on his short story"Susannas Seven Husbands".
  8. 8. Stephen Kings latest book is called 11/22/63 (the dayJohn F. Kennedy was assassinated) and is about JakeEpping, a time-traveller who travels back in time. Heattempts to stop not just JFKs assassination but alsochange an ordinary persons future.If the front cover is what you see on the right, what ison the back cover? Image: Stephenking.com BOOKS
  9. 9. Stephen Kings latest book is called 11/22/63 (the dayJohn F. Kennedy was assassinated) and is about JakeEpping, a time-traveller who travels back in time. Heattempts to stop not just JFKs assassination but alsochange an ordinary persons future.If the front cover is what you see on the right, what ison the back cover? Image: Stephenking.com BOOKSIt shows newspaper headlines that indicatean alternative history of JFK surviving theattempt (see the image to the right)
  10. 10. The House of Silk is a new novel by Anthony Horowitz, a novelist who haswritten several mystery books for children, as well as several screenplays for TVsuch as Agatha Christies Poirot, Midsomer Murders, and Foyles War.The House of Silk is very much up Horowitzs alley, but is remarkable for being theofficial return (once again) of a character to print.Which character? BOOKS
  11. 11. The House of Silk is a new novel by Anthony Horowitz, a novelist who haswritten several mystery books for children, as well as several screenplays for TVsuch as Agatha Christies Poirot, Midsomer Murders, and Foyles War.The House of Silk is very much up Horowitzs alley, but is remarkable for being theofficial return (once again) of a character to print.Which character? BOOKSSherlock Holmes.
  12. 12. What bookwould completethis stack ofbooks? BOOKS Image: The Independent
  13. 13. BOOKS“The Sense of an Ending” which won the 2011 BookerPrize. These were the six books that were shortlisted forthe Prize. Image: The Independent
  14. 14. The noted Japanese author Haruki Murakamiwrote a book called "1Q84" a couple of years ago,which achieved critical and commercial success. AnEnglish translation of this book was issued in 2011.The books title is part homage, part wordplay. Thetitle alludes to an English classic, which will also tellyou when the events in "1Q84" are set. In Japanese,"Q" sounds the same as a number.Which English book is being referred to? BOOKS Image: Wikipedia
  15. 15. The noted Japanese author Haruki Murakamiwrote a book called "1Q84" a couple of years ago,which achieved critical and commercial success. AnEnglish translation of this book was issued in 2011.The books title is part homage, part wordplay. Thetitle alludes to an English classic, which will also tellyou when the events in "1Q84" are set. In Japanese,"Q" sounds the same as a number.Which English book is being referred to? BOOKS Image: WikipediaGeorge Orwells "Nineteen Eighty Four".
  16. 16. Train number 17303/4, an Express of the Indian Railways, plies betweenYeshwantpur (Bangalore) and Mysore in Karnataka. This comes under the SouthWestern Railway.In 2011, this train was given a more endearing name, something fitting to thatparticular section of the country. Perhaps a tiger or M.K.Gandhi will one dayboard the express.What name? BOOKS
  17. 17. Train number 17303/4, an Express of the Indian Railways, plies betweenYeshwantpur (Bangalore) and Mysore in Karnataka. This comes under the SouthWestern Railway.In 2011, this train was given a more endearing name, something fitting to thatparticular section of the country. Perhaps a tiger or M.K.Gandhi will one dayboard the express.What name? BOOKSThe "Malgudi Express".
  18. 18. The previous holder of this title died in June 2011, aftera tussle with his arch-rival. The replacement, the secondever to hold this title, is half-Hispanic and half-black.His name is Miles Morales (just like his predecessor, thisis an alliterative name).What title? Image: Wikipedia BOOKS
  19. 19. The previous holder of this title died in June 2011, aftera tussle with his arch-rival. The replacement, the secondever to hold this title, is half-Hispanic and half-black.His name is Miles Morales (just like his predecessor, thisis an alliterative name).What title? Image: Wikipedia BOOKSSpiderman (the earlier one being held by Peter Parker)
  20. 20. Endeavour is the name of a new British TV series. This is a prequel to awell-known detective TV series based on books written by Colin Dexter setin the deceptively calm environs of Oxford.That TV series (which aired from the late 80s through to 2000) was namedafter the surname of the eponymous CID officer. Appropriately, this one iscalled Endeavour after his first name.Which TV series or character? BOOKS
  21. 21. Endeavour is the name of a new British TV series. This is a prequel to awell-known detective TV series based on books written by Colin Dexter setin the deceptively calm environs of Oxford.That TV series (which aired from the late 80s through to 2000) was namedafter the surname of the eponymous CID officer. Appropriately, this one iscalled Endeavour after his first name.Which TV series or character? BOOKS Inspector Morse
  22. 22. This 2011 book is based on several corporateworkshops conducted by the authors on thesubject of teaching management lessons usingexamples from sports. The authors aremarried to each other and even went to thesame B-school (IIM-Ahmedabad).It has a foreword by Mukesh Ambani and a"last word" by Rahul Dravid. Identify theauthor-husband. BOOKS Image: Sify
  23. 23. This 2011 book is based on several corporateworkshops conducted by the authors on thesubject of teaching management lessons usingexamples from sports. The authors aremarried to each other and even went to thesame B-school (IIM-Ahmedabad).It has a foreword by Mukesh Ambani and a"last word" by Rahul Dravid. Identify theauthor-husband. BOOKS Image: SifyHarsha Bhogle. His co-author ishis wife, Anita.
  24. 24. In 2011, Alan Gribben, a Professor of English at an Alabama university,came out with a new edition of the Mark Twain books "Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".This kicked up a lot of fuss, because the word nigger was replaced by slavein the books. One more word was also to be replaced with something lessoffensive, which is also the prefix of a characters name in the Tom Sawyerbook.Which word? BOOKS
  25. 25. In 2011, Alan Gribben, a Professor of English at an Alabama university,came out with a new edition of the Mark Twain books "Adventures ofHuckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".This kicked up a lot of fuss, because the word nigger was replaced by slavein the books. One more word was also to be replaced with something lessoffensive, which is also the prefix of a characters name in the Tom Sawyerbook.Which word? BOOKSInjun (pejorative slang for "Indian").The character was “Injun Joe”.
  26. 26. Entertainment& Media
  27. 27. This 168 year old newspaper bowed out of public life in England on Sunday, July10, 2011 amidst controversial circumstances. While doing so, it quoted from anessay of English writer George Orwell (supposedly endorsing it) and JeanneHobson, a lady from Hampshire (supposedly a long time fan).Which paper? ENT & MEDIA
  28. 28. This 168 year old newspaper bowed out of public life in England on Sunday, July10, 2011 amidst controversial circumstances. While doing so, it quoted from anessay of English writer George Orwell (supposedly endorsing it) and JeanneHobson, a lady from Hampshire (supposedly a long time fan).Which paper? ENT & MEDIAThe popular weekly tabloid "News of the World". No stranger torelentless controversy, the plug was pulled on the paper after it wasrevealed that some of its staffers illegally hacked into phones. Thepapers last edition even pulled out a quote about the paper fromOrwell (out of context), making it seem as if he was a fan.
  29. 29. It was initially launched in Brazil, but it was Pakistan that made it what it is. AnIndonesian version may also be on the cards, while the first ever Indian versionwent on air in the middle of June 2011. Leslie Lewis took on the role played byRohail Hyatt. The reviews for the Indian version were not as great.Which media property is this? ENT & MEDIA
  30. 30. It was initially launched in Brazil, but it was Pakistan that made it what it is. AnIndonesian version may also be on the cards, while the first ever Indian versionwent on air in the middle of June 2011. Leslie Lewis took on the role played byRohail Hyatt. The reviews for the Indian version were not as great.Which media property is this? ENT & MEDIAThe televised music series "Coke Studio".
  31. 31. The film "San Ge Sha Gua" has been one of thebig hits in Chinese cities in 2011, especially withyoung audiences, with whom it seems to havestruck a natural chord.How do we know this film in India?Image: The Economic Times ENT & MEDIA
  32. 32. The film "San Ge Sha Gua" has been one of thebig hits in Chinese cities in 2011, especially withyoung audiences, with whom it seems to havestruck a natural chord.How do we know this film in India?Image: The Economic Times ENT & MEDIAThree Idiots.
  33. 33. This BBC TV quiz show came to an end in 2011 after its host announced herdecision to quit the programme. It was a popular daytime show, and its presenter,who was nicknamed "The Queen of Mean", had attained a certain degree ofnotoriety. Briefly, there was an Indian version of the show as well.Which quiz programme? ENT & MEDIA
  34. 34. This BBC TV quiz show came to an end in 2011 after its host announced herdecision to quit the programme. It was a popular daytime show, and its presenter,who was nicknamed "The Queen of Mean", had attained a certain degree ofnotoriety. Briefly, there was an Indian version of the show as well.Which quiz programme? ENT & MEDIA“The Weakest Link”, hosted by Anne Robinson. The Indian version wascalled "Kamzor Kadi Kaun", presented by Neena Gupta.
  35. 35. This music band re-issued all its 14 studio albumsin 2011, via the record label EMI. To mark this, theband and the label recreated something which hadbeen first staged in 1976. (The idea then was to shootan image for an album cover).The location was Battersea Power Station in Londonand prominently featured a tethered object (maskedin the image). In 1976, the object broke loose and Image: Oli Scarff/Gettywandered off into, aptly, a field of cattle even before Images/The Guardianit could be photographed. Which band or album orobject? ENT & MEDIA
  36. 36. This music band re-issued all its 14 studio albumsin 2011, via the record label EMI. To mark this, theband and the label recreated something which hadbeen first staged in 1976. (The idea then was to shootan image for an album cover).The location was Battersea Power Station in Londonand prominently featured a tethered object (maskedin the image). In 1976, the object broke loose and Image: Oli Scarff/Gettywandered off into, aptly, a field of cattle even before Images/The Guardianit could be photographed. Which band or album orobject? ENT & MEDIAThe group is Pink Floyd, the album was "Animals" and the object was agiant inflatable pig.
  37. 37. A follow-up to this film has always been spokenabout, but never really materialised. An animatedfilm based on the original (a marketing poster seenabove) was announced in September 2011; it istouted to be a remake, rather than a sequel. It is tobe directed by Anish Patel.Apparently, a live-action official sequel is also in theworks, but thats still a rumour.Which movie? Image: naachgaana.com ENT & MEDIA
  38. 38. A follow-up to this film has always been spoken about, but never really materialised. An animated film based on the original (a marketing poster seen above) was announced in September 2011; it is touted to be a remake, rather than a sequel. It is to be directed by Anish Patel. Apparently, a live-action official sequel is also in the works, but thats still a rumour. Which movie? Image: naachgaana.com ENT & MEDIA"Andaz Apna Apna". The animated movie is titled "Andaz Naya Naya".
  39. 39. Which music group do the following clues point to? * Started in 1980 and came to a close in 2011 * The name was derived by randomly choosing three letters from a dictionary * Common misconception: the name is a reference to a stage experienced during sleeping, especially when one is having dreams, which is visibly manifested in the eyes * Involved Michael Stipe, Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck ENT & MEDIA
  40. 40. Which music group do the following clues point to? * Started in 1980 and came to a close in 2011 * The name was derived by randomly choosing three letters from a dictionary * Common misconception: the name is a reference to a stage experienced during sleeping, especially when one is having dreams, which is visibly manifested in the eyes * Involved Michael Stipe, Bill Berry, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck ENT & MEDIAThe band "R.E.M." that split earlier this year. The groups name wasthought by some to be a reference to "Rapid Eye Movement", but thatsnot true.
  41. 41. The 2011 addition to the "Spy Kids" franchise is "Spy Kids: All the Time in theWorld". Its also billed as a "4D" film, indicating that in addition to beingavailable in theatres in 3-D, it has one more dimension of effects. To experiencethis effect, viewers need to use a set of cards at appropriate times during thefilm.This effect is not new to films - variants of this have been tried as far back asthe 1960s. But this has never really taken off and has remained an unnecessaryinnovation at best.What effect is this? ENT & MEDIA
  42. 42. The 2011 addition to the "Spy Kids" franchise is "Spy Kids: All the Time in theWorld". Its also billed as a "4D" film, indicating that in addition to beingavailable in theatres in 3-D, it has one more dimension of effects. To experiencethis effect, viewers need to use a set of cards at appropriate times during thefilm.This effect is not new to films - variants of this have been tried as far back asthe 1960s. But this has never really taken off and has remained an unnecessaryinnovation at best.What effect is this? ENT & MEDIAThe ability to add smells to the proceedings. This movie uses"Aromascope" in which viewers scratch special cards to releaseappropriate scents. Earlier techniques in movie history such as"Smell-O-Vision" tried to release scents in sync with a films plot,but often to mixed results.
  43. 43. In the Ramayana, it is the third segment of the epic and onethat is pivotal to the story as it deals with the experiences ofthe exiled trio in the forest (as indicated by the name) andthe eventual abduction of Sita.The same name has been used by a recent Tamil film, acomplex tale set in the underworld of Madras. It ran intotrouble with the censors (the film even features JackieShroff in the buff ) ; after its release, it has gained muchacclaim.Whats the name? Image: Wikipedia ENT & MEDIA
  44. 44. In the Ramayana, it is the third segment of the epic and onethat is pivotal to the story as it deals with the experiences ofthe exiled trio in the forest (as indicated by the name) andthe eventual abduction of Sita.The same name has been used by a recent Tamil film, acomplex tale set in the underworld of Madras. It ran intotrouble with the censors (the film even features JackieShroff in the buff ) ; after its release, it has gained muchacclaim.Whats the name? Image: Wikipedia ENT & MEDIA "Aaranya Kandam" ("aaranya" means "forest" in Sanskrit)
  45. 45. In the egg that is being borne by thesefive people is someone, who is beingtaken to the 2011 Grammy Awardsceremony, along the red carpet.The reason was a typical headline-grabbing stunt to promote "Born ThisWay", a new song by the artist inside.So who was inside? Image: CBS News ENT & MEDIA
  46. 46. In the egg that is being borne by thesefive people is someone, who is beingtaken to the 2011 Grammy Awardsceremony, along the red carpet.The reason was a typical headline-grabbing stunt to promote "Born ThisWay", a new song by the artist inside.So who was inside? Image: CBS News ENT & MEDIALady Gaga
  47. 47. This category was newly introduced at the 57th edition of the NationalFilm Awards in 2010. This category already existed in the Filmfare Awards(first awarded in 1998, and won by Viju Shah).Which category and who was, fittingly, the first ever winner? ENT & MEDIA
  48. 48. This category was newly introduced at the 57th edition of the NationalFilm Awards in 2010. This category already existed in the Filmfare Awards(first awarded in 1998, and won by Viju Shah).Which category and who was, fittingly, the first ever winner? ENT & MEDIAThe Award for the Best Background Score. It was won by Ilaiyaraja for"Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja".
  49. 49. Language &Etymology
  50. 50. A character in the folk tales of Sheikh Chilli, some stories have it that hisname is a reference to him accidentally scaring or killing away a band ofthieves. The name has become a local idiom in parts of North India withnegative connotations.Which 2010 Hindi film had the same name? WORDS
  51. 51. A character in the folk tales of Sheikh Chilli, some stories have it that his name is a reference to him accidentally scaring or killing away a band of thieves. The name has become a local idiom in parts of North India with negative connotations. Which 2010 Hindi film had the same name? WORDS“Tees Maar Khan”, a Farah Khan-Akshay Kumar film
  52. 52. In "Kaun Banega Crorepati", it is a type of lifeline.In the TV series "Seinfeld", it is a social and eating faux pas committed byGeorge Costanza in the episode "The Implant".This term can also be found in metereology, in taxation, and in politics.However, if youve seen it in 2011, its probably to do with fears of a recessionin the Western world.What double-worded term? WORDS
  53. 53. In "Kaun Banega Crorepati", it is a type of lifeline.In the TV series "Seinfeld", it is a social and eating faux pas committed byGeorge Costanza in the episode "The Implant".This term can also be found in metereology, in taxation, and in politics.However, if youve seen it in 2011, its probably to do with fears of a recessionin the Western world.What double-worded term? WORDS“Double Dip”, used in the context of a “double dip recession”.
  54. 54. In connection with the 2012 London Olympics, the sporting goods maker Adidasannounced the winner of a competition to name the official sporting good for anevent. This received 10,000+ entries, including British sportsmen such as diver TomDaley and cricketer Steve Finn, who entered the names "The Stratford Bouncer" and"The Record Breaker" respectively.The winner, however, was simply "Albert". Why? Because "Albert" refers to the RoyalAlbert Hall, a famous London concert venue. This is transformed in typical Cockneyfashion (in which locals in Londons East End section use rhymes and associationswith words instead of the words themselves) to indicate this sporting good.What Olympic sporting good has been thus officially named? WORDS
  55. 55. In connection with the 2012 London Olympics, the sporting goods maker Adidasannounced the winner of a competition to name the official sporting good for anevent. This received 10,000+ entries, including British sportsmen such as diver TomDaley and cricketer Steve Finn, who entered the names "The Stratford Bouncer" and"The Record Breaker" respectively.The winner, however, was simply "Albert". Why? Because "Albert" refers to the RoyalAlbert Hall, a famous London concert venue. This is transformed in typical Cockneyfashion (in which locals in Londons East End section use rhymes and associationswith words instead of the words themselves) to indicate this sporting good.What Olympic sporting good has been thus officially named? WORDSThe name of the official football for the Olympics."Ball" rhymes with "Hall". That is, "Ball" -> "Hall" -> "Albert Hall".
  56. 56. This is a question about two terms - you might not find either of them in adictionary yet. Lets call them X and Y. Both X and Y refer to groups of people whobelieve in two separate American controversies.X is the older of the two, and was coined principally in opposition to one person.The terms associated controversy flared up once again in the end of April 2011,but has significantly died down since.This happened partly because of events associated with Y. Y was coined in earlyMay 2011 (by online media).Both X and Y are coined from nouns, the exact opposite of each other. Which twowords are these? WORDS
  57. 57. This is a question about two terms - you might not find either of them in adictionary yet. Lets call them X and Y. Both X and Y refer to groups of people whobelieve in two separate American controversies.X is the older of the two, and was coined principally in opposition to one person.The terms associated controversy flared up once again in the end of April 2011,but has significantly died down since.This happened partly because of events associated with Y. Y was coined in earlyMay 2011 (by online media).Both X and Y are coined from nouns, the exact opposite of each other. Which twowords are these? WORDSX: "Birthers", Y="Deathers"."Birthers" are those people who do not believethat US President Obama was born in Hawaii, and claim he is ineligible to bethe US President because he was born outside the US. In April, a detailedbirth certificate showing his place of birth was released."Deathers" believe that Osama bin Laden was not shot on May 1 in Pakistan.Among the alternatives are that he was either captured alive or killed longbefore these events supposedly happened.
  58. 58. The Oxford English Dictionarys 2011 announcement about the latest revisionsto its dictionary caused predictable outrage. In particular, the inclusion of suchinitialisms as OMG, LOL, and even WAG.Perhaps the most interesting addition was another internet-chat-favourite. Thisis a sense (i.e. another form) added to a verb (whose use as a verb has alwaysbeen irritating to some). The OED says this "may be the first English usage todevelop via the medium of T-shirts and bumper-stickers".One way to write it is to use a symbol and a number.What? WORDS
  59. 59. The Oxford English Dictionarys 2011 announcement about the latest revisionsto its dictionary caused predictable outrage. In particular, the inclusion of suchinitialisms as OMG, LOL, and even WAG.Perhaps the most interesting addition was another internet-chat-favourite. Thisis a sense (i.e. another form) added to a verb (whose use as a verb has alwaysbeen irritating to some). The OED says this "may be the first English usage todevelop via the medium of T-shirts and bumper-stickers".One way to write it is to use a symbol and a number.What? WORDS♥ or <3 i.e. "to heart".This is most prominently seen in the "I heart NY" sign.
  60. 60. The physicist Wolfgang Pauli imagined this particles existence and called itsomething (lets term this variable X).James Chadwick was chasing something else; when he found it, he also called itX (the same name).The Italian Enrico Fermi decided to do something about this confusion.Since what Chadwick actually found was bigger than what Pauli had imagined,Fermi added the Italian suffix that means "little one" to X, thus giving the wordY.So what are X and Y? WORDS
  61. 61. The physicist Wolfgang Pauli imagined this particles existence and called itsomething (lets term this variable X).James Chadwick was chasing something else; when he found it, he also called itX (the same name).The Italian Enrico Fermi decided to do something about this confusion.Since what Chadwick actually found was bigger than what Pauli had imagined,Fermi added the Italian suffix that means "little one" to X, thus giving the wordY.So what are X and Y? WORDSX: neutron, Y: neutrino.The latter term was all over the news in 2011 because scientists thinkthey have found evidence of such particles traveling faster than light.
  62. 62. According to the Princeton Wordnet dictionary, this term could mean: ● a notebook containing descriptions and diagrams of the strategies that a team has practiced (especially an American football team) ● a book containing the scripts of one or more dramas ● a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign In 2011, it became associated with a technology device. What term? WORDS
  63. 63. According to the Princeton Wordnet dictionary, this term could mean: ● a notebook containing descriptions and diagrams of the strategies that a team has practiced (especially an American football team) ● a book containing the scripts of one or more dramas ● a scheme or set of strategies for conducting a business campaign or a political campaign In 2011, it became associated with a technology device. What term? WORDS“Playbook”, which is also what Blackberry called itsnew touchpad device.
  64. 64. The Indian Air Force is planning to purchase over a hundred "Medium MultiRole Combat Aircraft" and had received bids from six aviation companies. In 2011,the Ministry of Defence shortlisted two of the vendors.One of the shortlisted bids is from a European consortium selling the EurofighterTyphoon. The other is built by the French firm Dassault and gets its name fromthe French for "gust" or "squall".Which aircraft? WORDS
  65. 65. The Indian Air Force is planning to purchase over a hundred "Medium MultiRole Combat Aircraft" and had received bids from six aviation companies. In 2011,the Ministry of Defence shortlisted two of the vendors.One of the shortlisted bids is from a European consortium selling the EurofighterTyphoon. The other is built by the French firm Dassault and gets its name fromthe French for "gust" or "squall".Which aircraft? WORDS“Rafale”
  66. 66. As expected, this word was crowned "Word of the Year" for the year 2011 (asrated by the American Dialect Society). This beat out the likes of "FOMO"("Fear of Missing Out"), "99%", "humblebrag", and "job creator". Unlike thechoice of "Squeezed Middle" by the OED, this met the approval of critics andlaymen alike.Uniquely, the winning word-concept was deemed so influential, spawningseveral associated words in 2011, that the Society even created a special categorynamed after this word. This category was won by "99%" while the Word of theYear 2011 was humbled into taking 2nd spot (in a category named after it).Whats the good word? WORDS
  67. 67. As expected, this word was crowned "Word of the Year" for the year 2011 (asrated by the American Dialect Society). This beat out the likes of "FOMO"("Fear of Missing Out"), "99%", "humblebrag", and "job creator". Unlike thechoice of "Squeezed Middle" by the OED, this met the approval of critics andlaymen alike.Uniquely, the winning word-concept was deemed so influential, spawningseveral associated words in 2011, that the Society even created a special categorynamed after this word. This category was won by "99%" while the Word of theYear 2011 was humbled into taking 2nd spot (in a category named after it).Whats the good word? WORDS“Occupy”.
  68. 68. 5th November 2011 was declared a state holiday in Orissa by the state governmentto celebrate Presidential assent to two significant (and similar) changes that affectit. These changes met a long-standing demand; the process to meet the demandhas been in progress in 2011. With the Presidents formal approval, the changescame into force.One of these involved a language. What are these changes? WORDS
  69. 69. 5th November 2011 was declared a state holiday in Orissa by the state governmentto celebrate Presidential assent to two significant (and similar) changes that affectit. These changes met a long-standing demand; the process to meet the demandhas been in progress in 2011. With the Presidents formal approval, the changescame into force.One of these involved a language. What are these changes? WORDSThe change in the official spelling of the states name from Orissa toOdisha, and the state languages name from Oriya to Odia.
  70. 70. PIIGS is a not-so-complimentary acronym used by some economists andmediamen to denote a bunch of European countries that have been ineconomic turmoil for the last decade. This acronym was coined a few yearsago, but has kept coming back into the news, especially in recent timesbecause the troubles never seem to go away.Earlier it was just PIGS, and now it has acquired an additional "I".Which five countries? WORDS
  71. 71. PIIGS is a not-so-complimentary acronym used by some economists andmediamen to denote a bunch of European countries that have been ineconomic turmoil for the last decade. This acronym was coined a few yearsago, but has kept coming back into the news, especially in recent timesbecause the troubles never seem to go away.Earlier it was just PIGS, and now it has acquired an additional "I".Which five countries? WORDSPortugalItalyIrelandGreeceSpain
  72. 72. Other setsThis ebook had questions from Books, Entertainment & Media, Language& Etymology. The other three sets are:Set I: India, Sports, Science, and TechnologySet III: VIZuals, Connections, Awards, and ObituariesSet IV: Business & Economics, Social Sciences, and CultureAbout the AuthorJ. Ramanand is a quizzer from Pune, India, and was the youngest winner ofBBC Mastermind India programme in 2002. He loves to set and talk aboutquizzes, and helps run the BCQC, Punes quizzing group.

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