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A Pop Quiz for Word Lovers

By December 10, 2012

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How well do you know the intricacies, subtleties, and oddities of the English language? Take our Pop Quiz for Word Lovers and find out. . . .


December 14, 2012 at 6:59 am
(1) miranada says:

Mathematically #5 has another commonality, both sentences are referring to 60 items…

December 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm
(2) Paul says:

Re: scissors, underpants, and grits. Not quite right. Ever heard of a soccer ‘scissor’ kick? Or ‘grit’ as in, ‘Grit in your eye?’ Or, ‘Grit your teeth’ – perhaps while eating your grits.

December 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm
(3) Marie says:

Good try, Paul, but not quite right. Verbs (“Grit your teeth”) and adjectives (“scissor kick”) aren’t nouns (reread the question) . And the grit in your eye (from the Middle English word for “sand”) is unrelated to the grits (from the Middle English word for “coarse meal”) served for breakfast. But you made me think, so thanks!

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