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Meta-Linguistics: Words About Words
"Tests your knowledge of words whose definitions refer to words. Xaosdog attests that each word appearing in this quiz has been accepted as a legitimate English word by at least one major dictionary AND one minor dictionary."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The phrase 'mot juste' refers most accurately to which of the following:
the simplest way of expressing something
the most appropriate term
a particularly beautiful expression
a statement unsupported by explanation
The word 'logomachy' refers to:
highly technical language
the binary code by which computers communicate
use of a distinct font as a corporate trademark
a dispute over words
The phrase 'vox barbara' is most likely to refer to:
the complete utterances or collected sayings of tele-journalist Barbara Walters
ersatz scholarly language creating a false impression of proper derivation from Latin or Greek
high-level intellectual discourse; the sort of language employed by bearded philosophers
pointed gibes and cutting insults designed more to wound sensibilities than merely to offend
If a word is 'polysemous' then it must:
have more than one distinct meaning
refer to something monstrous
be derivable from several different etymologies
possess a variety of correct spellings
What English word, derived from Old Norse through Old English, refers to a figurative word or phrase used to describe a thing in place of its usual name?
(one word, for which a cognate term can be found in the Scots dialect word meaning ?to know?)
Something characterized as 'obiter dictum' can be described most accurately as which of the following?
an oral communication marked by formality language normally reserved for writing
a command or pronouncement issued by the highest possible authority
a remark made in passing, to which significance ought not be attached
a routine observation, expressing something so obvious as to be self-evident
The word 'verbigeration' refers to:
the obsessive repetition of meaningless words or phrases
the adoption of foreign words as accepted terms in standard dialect
the use of the name of a person, place or thing to denote an action
the tendency to employ complex and formal language to express simple ideas
The word 'amphibology' refers to:
the science or study of words with application in multiple disciplines
speech tending to exaggerate rather than reflect accurate observation
esoteric scientific terminology incomprehensible to the layman
language subject to more than one correct interpretation
Which of the following is a 'hyponym' of the word 'quadrilateral'?
What do you suffer from if you are subject to a pathological compulsion to repeat any words spoken in your hearing?
(One word derived from the name of a nymph of Hera and the Greek word for speech)
The word 'battology' refers to:
the use of hostile, confrontational language
the insertion of an irrelevant word into an otherwise grammatical utterance
the technical nomenclature of weaponry
the pointless repetition of words in speaking or writing
If I am characterized by 'lethonomia' then:
I am functionally illiterate.
My name is of classical antiquity.
I am unlikely to remember your name.
My pronunciation is so bad I ?destroy? my words.
If someone points out an instance of 'acyrology' they have indicated:
an example of fine rhetoric
a euphemistic use of language
a scatological term
an incorrect choice of diction
The term 'lexiphanicism' is illustrated by this very quiz in what way?
The subjects of the quiz are words referring to words.
The quiz author is showing off his big vocabulary.
The quiz tests knowledge of obscure words.
The subjects of the quiz are words which are difficult to spell.
We close with a tricky one, requiring knowledge of three different terms referring to the structural arrangement of words: epistrophe plus anaphora equals..?
(one eight-letter word derived from Greek roots meaning ?to twine together?)
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Compiled Jun 28 12