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Neologogenesis: Words That Don't Exist, But Could
"The words which are the subject of this quiz don't appear in any dictionary, and have never appeared in print until now. But each nevertheless has a clear meaning, dictated by etymological and other word-formation principles."
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'Only the most spelicolous of Americans could have avoided the hype surrounding Lee's latest film.' If 'spelicolous' were a word, what would it mean?
distrustful of foreigners
forgetful and confused
'Stanton's dream is to achieve complete omphalysis.' If 'omphalysis' were a word, what would it mean?
sexual and social domination of a man by a woman
perfect logical circularity, such that first principles are entailed by conclusion
a state of total relaxation
lack of body hair
'A seasoned politician like Gingrich has accumulated many years' worth of advice for the freshman elected official, including a number of effective captimendic stratagems.' If 'captimendic' were a word, what would it mean?
of or relating to aggressive negotiation
of or relating to disguised falsehood
of or relating to conquest from within
of or relating to flattering discourse
'Snow's vision, although intriguing, could be merely pygiolocutionary.' If 'pygiolocutionary' were a word, what would it mean?
tending to enhance the reputation of the speaker
relating to speech issuing through the nether orifice
expressing the opposite of the truth
seeking to provoke conflict or aggression
'Judging from press accounts, the Lay administration was run along essentially faquodvisian lines.' If 'faquodvisian' were a word, what would it mean?
motivated by greed
characterized by cruel disregard for others
lacking adequate foundation for self-support
unregulated and unrestrained
'I have never encountered a finer example of cacolalia than in Bush's recent speech on the importance of education.' If 'cacolalia' were a word, what would it mean?
use of archaic language
extremely poor speaking
speech dwelling on scatological themes
'Stone's penchant for fetanimous humor is apparent throughout his creative oeuvre.' If 'fetanimous' were a word, what would it mean?
relating to farts
relating to pop culture
'The debates leading up to the GOP's Los Angeles mayoral primaries, where Riordan was tapped, were less of a moromachy than in previous years.' If 'moromachy' were a word, what would it mean?
an unbalanced contest
a futile action
an exercise in king-making
a battle of imbeciles
'Most sophisticated critics agree that Binks is a proctal konungsar.' If 'konungsar' were a word, what would it mean?
a royal pain
a character without personality
a racial stereotype
'There was a time when Carter, a celebrated oryctophile, was the darling of the world press.' If 'oryctophile' were a word, what would it mean?
a lover of digging
a lover of negotiation
a lover of nuts
a lover of agriculture
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Compiled Jun 19 13