Reblog: Merriam Webster Challenging Vocab Quiz

Merriam-Webster posed a “challenging vocab quiz,” featuring 14 formidable words.

Another Merriam-Webster quiz.  I got 11/14==mostly from reading 19th century novels where the habitually used longer or more complex words than we use today.  How did you do?

24 thoughts on “Reblog: Merriam Webster Challenging Vocab Quiz”

  1. I learned the wrong definition for pussilanimous ages ago and cannot seem to shake it, no matter how many times I have looked it up and re-learned it. I should try building a mental word association pussilanimous pussycat to block the pussilanimous pugilistic association that keeps resurfacing.

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  2. 8 out of 14. According to the website, I’m “in the top 50%.” Sounds good. But, I’m no mathematician but doesn’t that mean I could also be in the bottom 50%?

    whispers: not a competition, not a competition, not a competition……

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    1. You are right, it’s not a competition. Bottom 50% would be 0-49% so I think you can give yourself full credit for top 50%. You certainly get extra credit for that brillig answer. (Brillg in this case is not a typo.)


  3. JeanMarie, It was a mis-remembered quote from Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky. ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe. I always thought it was a deliberate misspelling of billiant, but a Google search has Humpty Dumpty defining “brillig. Noun. (uncountable) A nonce word in Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, explained by Humpty Dumpty as “four o’clock in the afternoon — the time when you begin broiling things for dinner.” Obviously my vocabulary was not educated enough to use brillig correctly. ;(


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