The Hindu Editorial (Think small) – Oct 26, 2018

The Hindu Editorial (Think small) – Oct 26, 2018

Bad sanitation is India’s worst-kept secret, but recent data from Uttar Pradesh show that in spite of working in mission mode to expand sanitation, 87% of faecal sludge expelled from toilets in urban areas is untreated. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Think small) – Oct 26, 2018.

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Today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Think small) – Oct 26, 2018:

  1. rejuvenation (noun) – restoration, refurbishment, revamping.
  2. decentralise (verb) –  transfer of the power/control of a department/government from a single place to other locations.
  3. sludge (noun) – the general term for solid matter with highly variable water content produced by septic tanks, latrines, and wastewater treatment plants.
  4. sanitation (noun) – it generally refers to the provision of facilities and services for the  safe disposal of human urine and faeces (Courtesy: WHO)
  5. worst kept secret (phrase) – the very bad thing that most people do not know about.
  6. in spite of (phrase) – despite, notwithstanding, regardless of.
  7. expel (verb) – eliminate, remove, eject.
  8. depressing (adjective) – upsetting, distressing, discouraging.
  9. faeces (plural noun) – excrement, bodily waste, stools.
  10. household  (noun) – family, house.
  11. septage (noun) – the semi-liquid mixture that contains both solid and liquid waste removed from a septic tank.
  12. contain (verb) – control, stifle, restrain.
  13. graver (adjective) – (comparative form of grave) more serious/important/critical.
  14. outlay (noun) –  expenditure, expenses, spending.
  15. rely on (phrasal verb) – depend on; resort to, have recourse to.
  16. insanitary (adjective) – unhygienic, unclean, germ-ridden.
  17. revealing (adjective) – meaningful, indicative, informative..
  18. destigmatize (verb) – remove stigma (shame/disgrace).
  19. untenable (adjective) – undefendable, unjustified, unacceptable.
  20. manual scavenger (non) –  a person engaged in or employed for manually cleaning, carrying, disposing or handling in any manner, human excreta from insanitary dry latrines and sewers.
  21. play out (phrasal verb) – happen, occur, take place.
  22. egalitarian (adjective) – common, equal, fair.


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