Commonly Misused Words

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Commonly Misused Word Quizzes & Trivia

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    An article in the distinguished WordBurger Times contains the sentence "The disinterested observers watched the quarrel carefully as it unfolded." Is this sentence correct - and why?
    • A. 

      No. If the observers are disinterested they will walk away and not watch the quarrel.

    • B. 

      Yes. Disinterested observers have no bias as to who should win the argument, but they can still watch with interest!

    • C. 

      Yes. Disinterested actually means really, really interested.

    • D. 

      No. Disinterested isn't even a word!

  • 2. 
    Choose two valid responses to this statement: It is wrong to say "I laughed so much I literally died".
    • A. 

      Yes - 'literally' means something actually happened, and clearly, you are not dead!

    • B. 

      Well ... no - you can use 'literally' as hyperbole, but many people will argue with you and point out that you are in fact alive, so it's probably not worth it.

    • C. 

      Yes. In fact, you should never use the word 'literally' at all.

    • D. 

      No - 'literally' is only ever used as an intensifier.

  • 3. 
    True or False? The English language never changes and words mean now what they have always meant.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Choose the correct word: The developers created useable software each ____.
    • A. 

      Tact

    • B. 

      Tack

    • C. 

      Takt

  • 5. 
    True or False? Bemused and amused are basically the same word.
    • A. 

      True - look, they even rhyme!

    • B. 

      False - bemused means to be confused, amused means to find something funny

  • 6. 
    Choose three correct meanings for the word 'desert'. (This one is a bit tricky.)
    • A. 

      A noun that means an arid land, usually with very little vegetation

    • B. 

      A noun that means the sweet course at the end of a meal

    • C. 

      A verb that means to abandon a post without permission

    • D. 

      A noun that means the quality of deserving something

  • 7. 
    Is this sentence correct, and why? WordBurger Supermarkets give you everyday value every day.
    • A. 

      Yes. Everyday is the adjective, and every day means every single day.

    • B. 

      No. The word should be spelled everyday both times.

    • C. 

      No. The word should be spelled every day both times.

    • D. 

      No. You have them the wrong way around.

  • 8. 
    True or False? Incredible and incredulous both stem from the concept of not believing something
    • A. 

      True - over time 'incredible' has come to mean 'really good' and incredulous has come to mean 'skeptical'.

    • B. 

      False - They sound the same, but incredible doesn't have a link to not believing something.

  • 9. 
    Choose the correct word to mean bewildered or extremely puzzled.
    • A. 

      Plethora

    • B. 

      Grizzled

    • C. 

      Nonplussed

    • D. 

      Memento

  • 10. 
    And one that doesn't count towards your mark - what is the word that Inigo Montoya's friend is saying that prompts the quote at the start of this byte?
    • A. 

      Amazing!

    • B. 

      Inconceivable!

    • C. 

      Irritating!

    • D. 

      Dictionary!