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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 166 quizzes and 1,660 trivia questions in this category.
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folder Acronyms and Initialisms (23) folder Alliteration and Rhymes (6)
folder Homonyms and Homophones (24) folder Humor, Puns and Word Play (37)
folder Mnemonics (8) folder Synonyms and Antonyms (22)
Collective Nouns

Collective nouns are thought only to exist for animals, but in fact there are many groups (of humans) that also have collective nouns, based often on their gender or their occupation. Test your knowledge of these collectives in this quiz.
Tough (10 qns)
Nov 08 10
1347 plays
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 qns)
Jun 21 04
1521 plays
Military Chow-Down

Some unique, historic and (hopefully) interesting terms used by the U.S. military concerning food.
Tough (10 qns)
Mar 29 13
402 plays
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.
Average (10 qns)
Mar 02 10
1395 plays
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.
Average (10 qns)
Sep 04 04
1719 plays
Collective Nouns

In this quiz you are asked for the correct collective noun for certain specific groups.E.g. do bees live in colonies, swarms, clutches or in flocks? Multiple choice in all cases.
Average (10 qns)
Jan 26 02
3954 plays
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 qns)
Jul 10 13
588 plays
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 qns)
Nov 28 02
3852 plays
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.
Average (10 qns)
Aug 22 03
3237 plays
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!
Average (10 qns)
Dec 12 13
762 plays
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,, and The Free as references.
Average (10 qns)
Dec 08 12
1143 plays
Popeye Sez: "Watch Yer Pronunski-Ayshun!"

We all know Popeye is a champ at mispronouncing words, but he's not the only one. I'll give you ten words; you select the proper pronunciation. Note: CAPS denote ACCENTED syllables. CAUTION: AMERICAN ENGLISH USAGE ONLY!
Average (10 qns)
Jan 22 11
588 plays
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.
Average (10 qns)
May 30 10
684 plays

Oxymorons - I love them - simple, totally incongruous statements. Can you pick the oxymoron (perceived or otherwise) from the meaning given?
Average (10 qns)
Dec 08 02
5919 plays
The Four Types of Writing

Everything you write falls into one of four types of writing, or "modes of discourse." Can you guess which?
Average (15 qns)
Feb 06 04
2037 plays
The writer's grimoire, part 1

In a multi-part series, we will explore what it is that composes a skillful writer's art, and what elements are necessary for success. This first installment discusses the basics, from grammar to essential vocabulary and linguistics.
Average (10 qns)
Nov 01 10
456 plays
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