Word Quizzes and Answers
- The word 'wig' is actually a shortened version of which word?
- Honorificabilitudinitatibus, the longest word in the English language featuring only alternating consonants and vowels, features in which William Shakespeare play?
- Which word, the longest to use all five vowels in order exactly once, means one who doesn’t indulge in excesses?
- Give the name often used as a popular term for someone with a very optimistic outlook which originates from the title of a 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter?
- Which Latin phrase, usually translated to 'seize the day', is taken from Odes by the Roman poet Horace?
- 'Tattarrattat' is a knock on the door, it's also the longest palindrome in the Oxford English Dictionary; which author coined this word in 1922? And can you name the book it was first used in?
- How many two-letter scrabble words exist starting with the letter 'z'?
- Staring with the letter 'b' what word is the Persian equivalent of a 'souk' found in Western Asian and North African cities?
- What is an 'eccedentesiast' faking?
- What is 'paraskevidekatriaphobia' the fear of?
- Which German word is used in the English language to mean art in pretentious bad taste?
- What is vexillology the study of?
- What is the meaning of the noun 'ennui'?
- By what name was the WWII Junkers Ju 87 German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft better known?
- What word can be a form of raffle with prizes are pre-assigned to winning tickets and the name of a bingo website?
- What word was first coined by the French peace campaigner Emile Arnaud and used by other peace activists since 1901?
- How many points does the word 'words' add up to in scrabble?
- Which everyday household object is called an 'assiette' in French?
- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (or Llanfair PG) is in which part of Wales: (a) Pembrokeshire, (b)Anglesey, (c)Powys. or (d)Clwyd?
- The following people collect what specific items: (a)arctophile, (b)tegestologist, (c)phillumenist, and (d)oologist?
- Love Labour's Lost
- Carpe Diem
- James Joyce; the book is Ulysses.
- One - 'za' (which means 'pizza')
- Bazaar (an open-air marketplace)
- It's putting on a fake smile
- Friday the 13th
- Boredom or tedium
- Nine points (4,1,1,2,1)
- A plate
- (a)Teddy bears, (b)beer mats, (c)matchboxes, and (d)birds' eggs
- In pub culture, what is a 'blue beer token'?
- Which river in Picardy, France, comes from a Celtic word meaning 'tranquility'?
- What does an 'ailurophile' like or love?
- Which animal derives its name from the Greek word that literally means 'shadow tail'?
- What does 'ephemeral' mean?
- Which two word phrase means an appropriate time of day to start to drink wine?
- What recent new word means ‘bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger’?
- What name starting with the letter 'a' is given to the body position in which the hands are on the hips with the elbows bowed outward?
- What name is given to the groove between your nose and middle of the lips?
- If you have 'dysania', what do you find it difficult to do in the mornings?
- On what handyman's tool would you find a part called a 'peen'?
- In the English language, which is the most common letter for a word to start with?
- What is the name given to the white trails seen in the sky behind aircraft exhausts?
- Can you name the only word with five consecutive vowels?
- What term refers to words which make different words when read backwards, e.g. stressed becomes desserts if read backwards?
- A five pound note
- The Somme
- Short lived or for a short time
- Wine o'clock
- Get out of bed
- Hammer (the side opposite the striking side)
- Semordnilap (which is in itself palindromes read backwards)
- Which word has been used to refer to a machine since 1869 and to an electronic device since 1946?
- In Arabic, what is the meaning of the word 'Islam'?
- The term 'brogue' generally refers to an accent from which country?
- A small minority of the Isle of Man's population is fluent in which language, important to the island's heritage?
- Which word derived from the Greek words meaning 'equal' and 'letter', means a word with no repeating letters?
- Which constructed language translates as 'one who hopes'?
- Olfaction and macrosmatic are both words relating to what sense?
- What new word means to dance to modern music with thrusting hip movements and in a sexually provocative manner?
- From which language do we get the words 'embarrass' and 'vindaloo'?
- What would you put in a Brannock device?
- What word meaning 'treating serious issues with inappropriate humour' has all 5 vowles in order?
- In Northern Ireland the word 'oxtercog' means picking a person up by which method? And what does Welsh word 'heddlu' mean - often seen out-and-about in Wales?
- Submission or surrender
- Portuguese (yes, vindaloo is originally a Portuguese word)
- Your foot - it's the device used in shoe shops to measure feet sizes
- (a)Picking someone up by the armpits, and (b)police
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