A-ha, you thought Catholic meant relating to Catholicism, or something good and wholly, eh? Ordinarily, I would say you’re correct and give you a GRE hi-five, but the fuckers in the standardized testing caves are out to trick you!
Catholic ( adj; ka-tha-lick)
Universal; broad and comprehensive
Wingitz’s guide to remembering CATHOLIC:
- Catholicism is a widely popular religion— I mean, dayum, it’s been around forever! One can even suggest that it is the most popular Christian religion. Compared to other (Christian) religions, Catholicism is popular in many other countries. Therefore, we can suggest that compared to other religions, it’s “broad and comprehensive”
I mean, com’on, how many church leaders have a pimped out car like this? These are fo’ da big boizzz!!!!
To deviate from what is normal or expected
Wingitz’s way to remember this:
- The prefix “ab” means a (negative) deviation. Abnormal psychology is the study of disorders and behaviors that are not expected in mainstream society (e.g., paranoid schizophrenia). Abnormal is a synonym.
Still having trouble with abberant?
- The second syllable of aberrant is ber (“bur” phonetically). If you or someone you know smokes, you know that they will smoke even when it is extremely cold (“burr” and expression of being cold)….but they don’t care because they need to smoke. This is clearly something that “normal” people would not do or expect others to do.
Abase (v; uh-base)
To disgrace or humble
The Wingitz way to remember ABASE?
The Toronto Blue Jays, a historically are not a good team—well, they haven’t been to the playoffs since the last strike in 1994. Just recently, sports media revealed that the Blue Jays have been stealing signs from other teams.
Obviously the act of cheating makes the Blue Jays organization DISGRACEFUL because they couldn’t get ABASE hit to win to get to the playoffs. You can say that if the allegations are true, this will HUMBLE the organization into playing fairly.
Oh shit, we suck!