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1 How to be Sarcastic
Learn to make annoying sarcastic comments, by answering these 10 questions.
Average
10 Q
Islingtonian
Nov 07 02
21525 plays
2 All Generalizations Are Wrong
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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10 Q
CellarDoor
Jan 25 10
1959 plays
3 Technical Literary Gobbledygook
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!
Average
10 Q
kyleisalive
Oct 24 10
819 plays
4 A Thoroughly Ridiculous Quiz
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
10 Q
uglybird
Feb 26 07
4656 plays
5 How to NOT use bad words!
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!
Average
10 Q
pu2-ke-qi-ri
Oct 11 07
5676 plays
6 How to Address Your Peers
...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
10 Q
Snowman
Oct 02 08
1626 plays
7 Words of Warning
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
10 Q
scalar
Nov 04 07
2235 plays
8 What the Heck is a Retronym?
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.
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10 Q
nooxyjen
Jan 24 08
1680 plays
9 Words About Words
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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10 Q
minch
Aug 16 00
9444 plays
10 So You Know Your Figurative and Poetic Language?
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!
Average
10 Q
kharkiv
Dec 01 06
3258 plays
11 Famous Foggy Similes
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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10 Q
Windswept
Aug 09 09
693 plays
12 The Impossible Quiz
Though this quiz is, in fact, impossible, it should be easy to get 10 correct, if you figure out the key.
Tough
10 Q
sidnobls
Feb 20 08
5265 plays
13 Are You Proper Posh?
"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
10 Q
Snowman
Jan 11 08
1785 plays
14 Literary Techniques
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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15 Q
danceswithcows
Apr 29 06
2811 plays
15 Figure out the Figure.
Discover the rhetor in you. Here you find some of the rhetorical figures, or figures of speech, we use everyday, without even noticing.
Tough
10 Q
zordy
Feb 04 09
1896 plays
16 Identify These Figures of Speech
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.
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15 Q
chessart
Jan 22 01
6597 plays
17 U.S. Military Communications
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.
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10 Q
wjames
Nov 04 13
228 plays
18 Mind Your Q's, Skip your P's
The letter "P" is a more pugnacious fellow, so the letter "Q", being a more mannerly chap, requested to be the first letter in all correct and incorrect answers.
Very Easy
10 Q
rosygal
Mar 20 11
1248 plays
19 Self-Descriptive Rhetoric
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.
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10 Q
Tchochkekop
Oct 19 09
702 plays
20 Synonyms to Oxymorons
Oxymorons are funny! I'll give you two words. You come up with a synonym for each word, put them together, and the result will be an oxymoron (a two- word contradictory phrase). For example: silent scream.
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10 Q
krazykritik
Mar 02 10
1032 plays
21 That's Hooey!
You hear hooey, bunk, BS and malarky every day at work, on TV, riding the subway - hogwash is everywhere. To recognize baloney when you hear it, consider these basics in straight thinking.
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10 Q
nutmeglad
Sep 04 04
1677 plays
22 Litotes Aren't That Bad
Litotes is an understatement used to emphasise the effect of ideas expressed in a phrase, sometimes by using the negative of a word to mean the opposite, e.g., "She is not unattractive". Play this quiz and you will find out that litotes aren't that bad!
Easy
10 Q
Plodd
Jul 10 13
444 plays
23 Mangled Metaphors, Malapropisms, and More!
This quiz is made up of some of the more oft-quoted remarks of famous people. Can you identify the people these mangled statements are attributed to?
Difficult
10 Q
scarlettmw
Nov 28 02
3729 plays
24 Secrets of Nym
Most people are familiar with synonyms and homonyms, but how about eponyms, autonyms or toponyms? In the following quiz I will give you a brief definition and then ask you to classify a word or phrase.
Average
10 Q
catamount
Jun 21 04
1290 plays
25 Capitonyms
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
10 Q
Mini_x2c
Jul 20 13
729 plays
26 Ten People Were Wrong
These are common words that are misspelled or misused a lot. A few more than 10 people were wrong when attempting to use them! I used Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster.com, and The Free Dictionary.com as references.
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10 Q
suzi_greer
Dec 08 12
684 plays
27 The Department of Redundancy Department
Redundancy is a superfluous use of words, such as "classify into groups" as classifying already means "organizing into groups". See if you understand by taking the quiz!
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10 Q
MarkThames
Dec 12 13
669 plays
28 What Was That?
Figurative language makes reading more interesting. I will give you an example of figurative and poetic language and you tell me what kind it is.
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10 Q
Ilona_Ritter
Aug 22 03
2940 plays
29 A Lesson in Retronyms
A retronym is a word or phrase used to describe the original form of something typically replaced by newer technology. See if you can answer these questions about retronyms.
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10 Q
evil44
May 30 10
636 plays
30 Military Chow-Down
Some unique, historic and (hopefully) interesting terms used by the U.S. military concerning food.
Tough
10 Q
wjames
Mar 29 13
225 plays
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Some sample questions from this category:

* Round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran. This is an example of:
* A synonym is a word that means the same as another word. Which of these words is NOT a synonym for huge?
* An anagram is a word, or words, made up from another word or words. Which of these is NOT an anagram of 'plate'?
* Which of these words is a homophone of 'meat'?
* Which word is an antonym of reckless?


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