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Here you will find quizzes on some of the interesting ways in which language is used for special purposes: the -nyms (acronyms, antonyms, homonyms, synonyms), mnemonics, puns, they're all here.   

There are 202 quizzes and 2,020 trivia questions in this category.
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trivia quiz  How to be Sarcastic Editor choice 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Islingtonian, Nov 07 02

Learn to make annoying sarcastic comments, by answering these 10 questions.
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Islingtonian
Nov 07 02
22728 plays
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trivia quiz  All Generalizations Are Wrong cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, CellarDoor, Jan 25 10

Sometimes, the best way to learn a rule is to see what happens when it's broken. Here are ten self-contradicting writing rules, (mostly) originally published by George Trigg and William Safire. Let's work through them and see what they can teach us.
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CellarDoor gold member
Jan 25 10
2613 plays
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photo quiz  A Poem and a Prayer cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Plodd, Apr 28 16

My creativity has come to life by adding children's characters to some form of literary technique, all depending on style, rhythm or play on words. It is up to you to decide which type of style I have used.
Easy
Plodd
Apr 28 16
726 plays
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trivia quiz  How to NOT use bad words! cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Oct 11 07

Ever feel the need to use a bad word...without really saying it? "Linguistic taboo avoidance" is actually a common cultural phenomenon. Take this quiz to learn oodles and oodles of ways to NOT say bad words!
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pu2-ke-qi-ri
Oct 11 07
6447 plays
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trivia quiz  A Thoroughly Ridiculous Quiz cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, uglybird, Feb 26 07

No! Silly is NOT good enough. To prosper in this quiz you're going to have to be downright ridiculous. This might be easier in the "Flash" mode.
Average
uglybird gold member
Feb 26 07
5166 plays
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trivia quiz  What Did They Really Mean? cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Catamount, Jun 21 04

The word "malapropism" comes from Mrs. Malaprop, a character created by the playwright Richard Sheridan. She often used fancy words that were just plain wrong. I'll give you some famous malapropisms and you guess the correct term.
Very Easy
Catamount
Jun 21 04
19173 plays
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trivia quiz  Technical Literary Gobbledygook cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Oct 24 10

I'm an English major so these words are everyday jargon, but for everyone else words like 'iambic' or 'assonance' are near worthless and banal. Let's make things a bit more interesting. You probably know more than you think!
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kyleisalive editor
Oct 24 10
1113 plays
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trivia quiz  One Way or Another cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, Apr 30 14

You've been invited to the first annual FunTrivia beach party blowout. There's a catch though - instead of providing you directions, you need to figure out where to go by answering questions on the correct use of English. 'Cause we're fun like that.
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guitargoddess editor
Apr 30 14
675 plays
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trivia quiz  How to Address Your Peers cool 10 questions
Difficult, 10 Qns, Snowman, Oct 02 08

...and other nobles. This quiz could prove invaluable should you ever get stuck in a cupboard with an archbishop. The quiz is mainly concerned with UK styles of office.
Difficult
Snowman gold member
Oct 02 08
1851 plays
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photo quiz  A Pair of Didymous cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jan 01 16

Since didymous means occurring in pairs, this quiz (using a slightly ungrammatical title proposed by Plodd) will take a look at some of my personal favorite (yes, I know) examples of tautologies in common everyday use (again, I know). (NO PHOTOS!)
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looney_tunes editor
Jan 01 16
477 plays
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trivia quiz  Words About Words cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, minch, Aug 16 00

Onomatopoeia? Oxymoron? Anagram? Do you know these terms? If you don't, try this quiz and find out what they mean. If you do know them, well, you might find this quiz easy. Have fun!
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minch gold member
Aug 16 00
10446 plays
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trivia quiz  What the Heck is a Retronym? cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, nooxyjen, Jan 24 08

A retronym is used to describe something when an existing word is no longer sufficient. For example, the term "acoustic guitar" came after the invention of the electric guitar. Here's a fun introduction to the world of retronyms. US English variant.
Average
nooxyjen
Jan 24 08
2148 plays
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trivia quiz  Words of Warning cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, scalar, Nov 04 07

I got to thinking about the various words and phrases we use to warn or alert others about potentially hazardous circumstances. Here is a straightforward quiz exploring some common and not so common examples.
Tough
scalar
Nov 04 07
2541 plays
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trivia quiz  Famous Foggy Similes cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Windswept, Aug 09 09

In literature, comparisons to fog may reveal a lot about character's states of mind. Often these are similes, i.e. the foggy day is like a maze. Sometimes, there is a metaphor, i.e. the foggy day is a maze. Foggy comparisons (both similes and metaphors).
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Windswept gold member
Aug 09 09
774 plays
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trivia quiz  So You Know Your Figurative and Poetic Language? cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, kharkiv, Dec 01 06

This quiz is on different types of figurative and poetic language. I will give you a sentence or phrase and you will tell me what device it is using. Test your language knowledge!
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kharkiv
Dec 01 06
3681 plays
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photo quiz  Unusual Collective Nouns cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jul 27 15

Can you work out this collective nouns from the photo clues given? Good luck.
Very Easy
Creedy gold member
Jul 27 15
1374 plays
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trivia quiz  Malapropisms - The Pineapple of Word Quizzes cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Honggui, Apr 01 08

A character from Sheridan's play 'The Rivals', Mrs Malaprop would misuse words by substituting a similar sounding but wrong word in its place - hence malapropism. In this quiz, select the word that should have been used in place of the 'malapropism'.
Very Easy
Honggui
Apr 01 08
4020 plays
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trivia quiz  Are You Proper Posh? cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, Snowman, Jan 11 08

"Language most shows a man. Speak that I may see thee"; so said Ben Jonson. Anthropologist Kate Fox, in her excellent book "Watching the English", believes that an Englishman's choice of words clearly defines the class of the speaker. So can you do posh?
Tough
Snowman gold member
Jan 11 08
2052 plays
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trivia quiz  The Impossible Quiz cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, sidnobls, Feb 20 08

Though this quiz is, in fact, impossible, it should be easy to get 10 correct, if you figure out the key.
Tough
sidnobls
Feb 20 08
6108 plays
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trivia quiz  Exploring Oxymorons cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Nealzineatser, Oct 26 16

You've heard of them and probably used them. Not connected to chemicals or dim wit, these incongruously strange bedfellows are fun to spot and play around with.
Average
Nealzineatser gold member
Oct 26 16
921 plays
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trivia quiz  Literary Techniques 15 questions
Average, 15 Qns, danceswithcows, Apr 29 06

Many authors won't simply come out and say exactly what they mean in their works; they use a variety of techniques and devices to enrich their work and make it more interesting. See if you can identify some of the more common techniques.
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danceswithcows
Apr 29 06
3282 plays
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trivia quiz  Unusual Collective Terms 2 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Apr 08 16

Ten more unusual collective terms, this time for groups of animals. Have fun.
Average
Creedy gold member
Apr 08 16
624 plays
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trivia quiz  Identify These Figures of Speech 15 questions
Average, 15 Qns, chessart, Jan 22 01

Here are examples of 15 different figures of speech. I will give you the example, and you identify which figure of speech it is from the 4 choices given. Each figure of speech will only be used once as a correct answer.
Average
chessart gold member
Jan 22 01
7698 plays
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trivia quiz  Figure out the Figure. 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, zordy, Feb 04 09

Discover the rhetor in you. Here you find some of the rhetorical figures, or figures of speech, we use everyday, without even noticing.
Tough
zordy gold member
Feb 04 09
2136 plays
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trivia quiz  U.S. Military Communications 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, wjames, Nov 04 13

Clear & concise communications are the key to any successful military operation. This quiz covers common words, procedures and systems used to achieve security, reliability and speed.
Average
wjames gold member
Nov 04 13
393 plays
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trivia quiz  Euphemisms: Can You Recognize Them? 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, smeone, Nov 01 14

A euphemism is a word or phrase which is perceived as a more pleasant substitute for an unpleasant word. For example, "correctional facility" is a euphemism for "jail". Here are some common euphemisms. Your job is to indicate what they mean.
Easy
smeone
Nov 01 14
1371 plays
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trivia quiz  The Strange World of Collective Nouns 15 questions
Very Difficult, 15 Qns, thelovelylulu, Mar 21 07

We have all heard of a "pack of wolves" or a "herd of elephants" but what do you call a group of rattlesnakes? Or arsonists? Or mushrooms? Come on a trip around the world with me to find out.
Very Difficult
thelovelylulu
Mar 21 07
3291 plays
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trivia quiz  Self-Descriptive Rhetoric 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Tchochkekop, Oct 19 09

Why write (or speak) in a dull, trite manner? Rhetorical devices can spice up your communications! Try to identify the rhetorical device used in each clue.
Average
Tchochkekop
Oct 19 09
786 plays
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trivia quiz  Capitonyms 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Mini_x2c, Jul 20 13

A capitonym is a word that changes its meaning (and sometimes its pronunciation) when capitalized. For example: a nickname for William or an amount owed = Bill/bill. Select the correct capitonyn that matches the two definitions given.
Very Easy
Mini_x2c gold member
Jul 20 13
1131 plays
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trivia quiz  Group Collective Names 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Apr 30 11

How many of these collective terms for groups of people do you know? Have fun! (Note: As per Wikepedia Collective Nouns page)
Average
Creedy gold member
Apr 30 11
999 plays
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