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Dictionary Quiz

I've spent half a century (yikes) writing for radio and print—mostly print. I hope to be still tapping the keys as I take my last breath.

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There’s a game people play called Fictionary in which an obscure word is ferreted out of a dictionary by a quizmaster/mistress. Players have to write a definition for that word without knowing what it means.

The quizperson also writes down the correct definition. The answers are shuffled and read out and players pick what they believe to be the correct definition. For highly competitive people a scoring system can be added, say a point for getting the right answer and another for people picking your wrong definition.

Wine also helps the game go along with verve and creativity.

This offering is a slight variation in which 20 words have four definitions, of which only one is correct. The right answers follow the quiz, but you wouldn’t cheat would you? You have to provide your own wine. Sorry.

So, let's get started.

Fictionary Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What does the word snudge mean?
    • To walk about in such a way as to look busy.
    • The collective noun for a group of snails.
    • A wood-working tool used in the early Saxon era.
    • The stage name of a vaudeville ventriloquist in the 1920s.
  2. What does the word moue mean?
    • A slang term for mud caused by the damp weather in England.
    • A dessert created by Auguste Escoffier.
    • An expression of displeasure; pursed lips.
    • Build up of manure in cattle pens.
  3. What does the word callypygian mean?
    • A game played in Greece using a goat’s bladder.
    • The flat notes on a steam organ.
    • Having perfectly shaped buttocks.
    • A hardy perennial related to the lillium genus.
  4. What does the word galactophagist mean?
    • A time traveller in science fiction.
    • An animal that exists on milk.
    • Certain types of asteroids.
    • Ghost hunters.

Answer Key

  1. To walk about in such a way as to look busy.
  2. An expression of displeasure; pursed lips.
  3. Having perfectly shaped buttocks.
  4. An animal that exists on milk.
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The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.”

G. K. Chesterton

Fictionary Quiz Continued

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What does the word pantechnicon mean?
    • A non-stick coating applied to cookware.
    • Fish-eye lens used on cameras.
    • A furniture or moving van.
    • A bespoke tailor’s work table.
  2. What does the word cruciferous mean?
    • Cross made of iron.
    • The markings on the back of donkeys.
    • Cutting a word in two and inserting an expletive e.g. abso-bloody-lutely.
    • Group of vegetables related to cabbage.
  3. What does the word persiflage mean?
    • Witty, light-hearted chatter.
    • Generous.
    • A false sense of moving when the train next to yours leaves but the one you are on is stationery.
    • A square dance popular in Appalachia.
  4. What does the word stegophile mean?
    • Collector of beer mats.
    • Someone who climbs urban structures.
    • From the Greek “stego” meaning warm and “phile” meaning one that loves or likes; hence, lover of warmth.
    • A collection of dinosaur bones.

Answer Key

  1. A furniture or moving van.
  2. Group of vegetables related to cabbage.
  3. Witty, light-hearted chatter.
  4. Someone who climbs urban structures.

I like the word ‘indolence.’ It makes my laziness seem classy.”

Bern Williams

Fictionary Quiz Continued

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What does the word wamblecropt mean?
    • A place where hay was stored in Elizabethan England.
    • Suffering from indigestion.
    • The headland around a field of oats that is not cultivated.
    • A kid’s puppet show that played on KTIV, Sioux City, Iowa in the 1950s.
  2. What does the word querimonious mean?
    • Someone who is always asking questions.
    • Animals with webbed feet.
    • The act of complaining about everything.
    • Singing slightly off key.
  3. What does the word argute mean?
    • Shrewd.
    • A mineral.
    • Common injury to the biceps.
    • The handgrip on an archer’s bow.
  4. What does the word crepuscular mean?
    • Small blood vessels in the foot.
    • A complex stitch technique used in crocheting.
    • The pincer claws on lobsters.
    • Relating to twilight.

Answer Key

  1. Suffering from indigestion.
  2. The act of complaining about everything.
  3. Shrewd.
  4. Relating to twilight.
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The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘check enclosed.’ ”

Dorothy Parker

Fictionary Quiz Continued

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What does the word aeolist mean?
    • A pompous person claiming to have special insight.
    • A harp player.
    • Someone who writes lengthy and boring passages.
    • A Greek wine maker.
  2. What does the word forwallowed mean?
    • Fifteenth century word meaning tired from disturbed sleep.
    • Intense irritation caused by the sound of people eating.
    • Uncomfortable feeling caused by wearing new underwear.
    • Spa treatment common at hot spring locations.
  3. What does the word crapulence mean?
    • An extreme hangover.
    • The feeling that objects are in the wrong places.
    • Vague feeling of unhappiness.
    • The effect of a powerful laxative given to patients prior to a colonoscopy.
  4. What does the word susurration mean?
    • A scandalous accusation spread by clandestine conversations.
    • Relating to the closely formed petals of a double begonia.
    • The soft scratching sound made by, for example, dried leaves moving over a stone patio.
    • Surgical suture technique.

Answer Key

  1. A pompous person claiming to have special insight.
  2. Fifteenth century word meaning tired from disturbed sleep.
  3. An extreme hangover.
  4. The soft scratching sound made by, for example, dried leaves moving over a stone patio.

Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Fictionary Quiz Continued

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What does the word edentulous mean?
    • Having no teeth.
    • A typographical instruction used in printing.
    • Scientific name for the trunks of elephants.
    • An imagined paradise
  2. What does the word punnet mean?
    • A dance performed during Indian weddings.
    • A measure used by cryptocurrencies.
    • A small play on words.
    • A small container for vegetables and fruit.
  3. What does the word balter mean?
    • Dancing clumsily but with joy.
    • Equipment used in harness racing.
    • To walk at a leisurely pace.
    • An intermittent natural spring.
  4. What does the word virago mean?
    • Bullet train in Italy.
    • Strong, war-like woman.
    • A vessel for storing olive oil in Ancient Rome.
    • A formal garden set up in symmetrical patterns.

Answer Key

  1. Having no teeth.
  2. A small container for vegetables and fruit.
  3. Dancing clumsily but with joy.
  4. Strong, war-like woman.

That's it

How did you do? Here are the correct answers.

Snudge - To walk about in such a way as to look busy.

Moue - An expression of displeasure; pursed lips.

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Callypygian - Having perfectly shaped buttocks.

Galactophagist - An animal that exists on milk.

Pantechnicon - A furniture or moving van.

Cruciferous - Group of vegetables related to cabbage.

Persiflage - Witty, light-hearted chatter.

Stegophile - Someone who climbs urban structures.

Wamblecropt - Suffering from indigestion.

Querimonious - The act of complaining about everything.

Argute - Shrewd.

Crepuscular - Relating to twilight.

Aeolist - A pompous person claiming to have special insight.

Forwallowed - Fifteenth century word meaning tired from disturbed sleep.

Crapulence - An extreme hangover.

Susurration - The soft scratching sound made by, for example, dried leaves moving over a stone patio.

Edentulous - Having no teeth.

Punnet - A small container for vegetables and fruit.

Balter - Dancing clumsily.

Virago - Strong, war-like woman.

Bonus Factoids

  • The Oxford English Dictionary contains 615,000 words.
  • Schoolmaster is an anagram of “the classroom.”
  • The shortest word in English to contain the letters abcdef is feedback
  • The letter “E” accounts for 11 percent of the entire English language. The 1939 novel Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright does not contain a single letter “E.”
  • No wine was wasted during the creation of this quiz.

Sources

A throng of thesauruses, loads of lexicons, and dozens of dictionaries.

© 2018 Rupert Taylor

Comments

Rupert Taylor (author) from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on June 30, 2018:

Susan. I know you believe everything works better with wine and so do I. And no matter how rank the vintage it rarely provokes a moue.

Rupert Taylor (author) from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on June 30, 2018:

Rochelle that's a cruel challenge.

Susan Edwards on June 30, 2018:

A similar game is called Balderdash. And it also works better with wine.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on June 30, 2018:

Now, write a short fiction using all of those words.

("Repaid" is "diaper" spelled backwards.)

threekeys on June 29, 2018:

Alas, no wine to accompany me in this word adventure Rupert. However, loads of fun! I liked the sound of sussuration. Ha! As for for the aeolist I thought of aeriole. Talk about one's thought moving in very different directions.

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