This quiz lists twelve words and shows against each word several possible meanings. Please tick the correct meaning for each word.
 
The focus of this quiz is to highlight the fact that our language changes over time and the words we use regularly may have a different meaning other than the one we give it.
 
Please complete the quiz and review at the end which words you use correctly and which you use incorrectly. You may find a few surprises.


 

5 Sample Questions

Viable

  • A. Profitable
  • B. Practicable
  • C. Economical
  • D. Capable of independent existence
  • E. Competitive

Decimate

  • A. Reduce to a tenth
  • B. Reduce by a tenth
  • C. Divide into ten pieces
  • D. Exterminate
  • E. Have ten wives

Verbal

  • A. By word of mouth
  • B. By written word
  • C. In words
  • D. Able to use words well
  • E. Long and wordy

Inordinate

  • A. Unconfirmed
  • B. Excessive
  • C. Along the same line
  • D. Irregular
  • E. Rare

Exacerbate

  • A. Simplify
  • B. To free from blame
  • C. Stimulate
  • D. Aggravate
  • E. Make blunt

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