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.
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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
“I like the word ‘indolence.’ It makes my laziness seem classy.”
“The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘check enclosed.’ ”
“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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.
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.
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.
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© 2018 Rupert Taylor