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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?
forgetful and confused
distrustful of foreigners
'Stanton's dream is to achieve complete omphalysis.' If 'omphalysis' were a word, what would it mean?
lack of body hair
a state of total relaxation
sexual and social domination of a man by a woman
perfect logical circularity, such that first principles are entailed by conclusion
'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 flattering discourse
of or relating to aggressive negotiation
of or relating to disguised falsehood
of or relating to conquest from within
'Snow's vision, although intriguing, could be merely pygiolocutionary.' If 'pygiolocutionary' were a word, what would it mean?
relating to speech issuing through the nether orifice
expressing the opposite of the truth
tending to enhance the reputation of the speaker
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?
characterized by cruel disregard for others
motivated by greed
unregulated and unrestrained
lacking adequate foundation for self-support
'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
speech dwelling on scatological themes
extremely poor speaking
'Stone's penchant for fetanimous humor is apparent throughout his creative oeuvre.' If 'fetanimous' were a word, what would it mean?
relating to pop culture
relating to farts
'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?
a futile action
an unbalanced contest
a battle of imbeciles
an exercise in king-making
'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 nuts
a lover of agriculture
a lover of negotiation
a lover of digging
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Compiled Jun 28 12