Unusual Words Quiz 2018

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Unusual Words Quiz 2018

Test your knowledge of unusual English words! Do you love odd words and the history of the English language? Wordfoolery blogs about them every Monday at https://wordfoolery. Wordpress. Com/ and this quiz contains a selection of the words explored there in 2018.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which famous military leader gave us the expression "turn a blind eye"?
    • A. 

      Nelson

    • B. 

      Wellington

    • C. 

      Rommel

    • D. 

      Cardigan

  • 2. 
    A scurryfunge is
    • A. 

      A rare tree fungus

    • B. 

      A last minute tidy up before the arrival of guests

    • C. 

      A small mouse-like mammal from New Zealand

    • D. 

      A medieval kitchen implement for whisking eggs

  • 3. 
    Boscaresque means
    • A. 

      A set of boxes stacking inside each other

    • B. 

      Traveling by railroad

    • C. 

      A scenic grove of trees

    • D. 

      An ugly sea creature

  • 4. 
    Ullage is
    • A. 

      A form of crop rotation

    • B. 

      A medieval measurement of wool

    • C. 

      The empty portion of a container, especially a wine bottle

    • D. 

      To vomit

  • 5. 
    Bombilate is a verb meaning to
    • A. 

      Explode

    • B. 

      Buzz or hum

    • C. 

      Vary in altitude

    • D. 

      Be round in shape

  • 6. 
    The chess term checkmate came from which language?
    • A. 

      Norse

    • B. 

      Persian

    • C. 

      Russian

    • D. 

      German

  • 7. 
    Gadzookery is
    • A. 

      Comical displays of magic

    • B. 

      The deliberate use of old-fashioned language

    • C. 

      An invented word from the 1930s

    • D. 

      A type of jazz music

  • 8. 
    A xylophile loves
    • A. 

      Words

    • B. 

      Wood

    • C. 

      Women

    • D. 

      Wine

  • 9. 
    A zwodder is a
    • A. 

      Dyke / irrigation system

    • B. 

      Drowsy state

    • C. 

      Clog

    • D. 

      Flooded pasture

  • 10. 
    Bumptious is another word for
    • A. 

      Clumsy

    • B. 

      Aggresive

    • C. 

      Sleepy

    • D. 

      Arrogant