Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Remembering medical/scientific word part -acerb-

The goal of Struggling Student's Memory Guide is to develop ways to use association and mnemonic memory techniques, instead of rote memorization, to remember educational information we can use for a lifetime.

blue emboldened words are common or college terms that can be used for word association purposes.

reddish brown emboldened words are medical terms that should be looked up in a medical dictionary for their figurative meanings.

-acerb- from L. acerbus, sour, means "bitter, sour" [acerbity, lit. sour or bitter state, fig. a sourness of taste with sharp bitterness or astringency; like that of unripe fruit, exacerbate, lit. to make intensively bitter or sour, fig. to render more violent or bitter as a disease, pain, or annoyance, exacerbation, lit. intensively bitter or sour process] (see -ac-)
Warning, this memory story is violent and hence rendered in red.
Memory story: You're a Serb (acerb-, not related) terrorist who is very embittered with the way your people have been treated. You're standing on a snow covered street chewing on the only thing you can find to eat, bitter crab apples. Finally, the Archduke Ferdinand is a chauffeured alongside and you fire your pistol killing him and unfortunately his wife and unborn child. The events to follow are only exacerbated by the world leaders who use it as a reason to start World War I.

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