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1 Lost in the Land of Oz
Help me find my way through these more or less biZZZZZarre words which all contain OZ in them.
Not Rated
10 Q
tiye
Today!
0 plays
2 Goofy Words
Some English words are peculiar either in sound or appearance. Can you guess the answer to the following questions containing some goofy words?
Tough
10 Q
ralzzz
Sep 11 04
3762 plays
3 The End of The Word is Nigh
As the rapidly-spreading contagion known only as the Babel Virus takes a stranglehold, we find ourselves losing the English language one letter at a time. Words are diminishing! Can we save them before time runs out?
Average
10 Q
kyleisalive
Apr 30 14
405 plays
4 Say Again?
I provide a sentence that uses an obscure word of four letters (five if plural) and an adjective ending in "-acious". See if you can choose which of the sentences that follow has nearest to the same meaning.
Tough
10 Q
uglybird
Jul 17 04
2436 plays
5 Bodacious Word Endings
If former English teacher nannywoo bought a farm, she might need an interpreter. See if you can identify these words ending in -tious, -cious, and -ceous.
Average
10 Q
nannywoo
May 15 12
582 plays
6 A Few Choice Words
These words were chosen from a variety of sources in hopes that they would bring pleasure to lovers of obscure words.
Tough
10 Q
uglybird
Sep 27 04
1983 plays
7 Old Occupations
While researching the family tree I came across some unusual occupations. Do you think you can help me with these?
Average
10 Q
dcpddc478
Aug 09 10
1371 plays
8 Say What? Do How? Killer Vocabulary Part 2 (H-Q)
Comprehend, colleagues. I'll give you ten sentences; you decipher the meaning of the CAPITALIZED word in each sentence. Oh, did I mention that each question and mystery word will feature a certain letter of the alphabet? Do not founder. Forge ahead!
Average
10 Q
snediger
Jun 07 12
525 plays
9 'Esoteric' Words
I love strange and esoteric words! This quiz is an attempt to satisfy that passion by highlighting words that are synonymous with 'esoteric'. Do you know your 'esoteric' etymology?
Average
10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Jun 22 04
4644 plays
10 In Two Words: Alliterative Reiterations
I will describe a situation. See if you can guess which two word phrase (three if you count the article) sums it up. Be sure to check out the engrossing etymology in the interesting information section.
Average
10 Q
uglybird
Jan 15 05
2460 plays
11 Misleading Words
Here are ten misleading words and phrases that aren't even remotely connected to the areas that they suggest. See how many you know. Have fun!
Average
10 Q
Creedy
Mar 31 13
762 plays
12 An Iota of Obscure Words
Here is an iota of obscure words that can be found in an English dictionary, but can you guess what they mean?
Average
10 Q
Plodd
Oct 08 13
825 plays
13 Polysyllabic Passion
Nannywoo's Aunt Polly is seeking a match. Will she find her perfect polysyllabic passion? Their name tags describe their traits. Match up these poly- words with their definitions.
Average
10 Q
nannywoo
Sep 03 12
660 plays
14 Say What? Do How? Some Killer Vocabulary! (A-J)
Listen up, logophiles. I'll give you ten sentences; you decipher the meaning of the CAPITALIZED word in each sentence. Oh, did I mention that each question and mystery word will feature a certain letter of the alphabet? Dig in. Deliberate. Decode.
Average
10 Q
snediger
Apr 18 11
711 plays
15 (Ety)Mological Miscellany
Words fascinate me so I thought I'd share another 10 with you. Do you know the meanings of the words in this quiz? All definitions are taken from Chambers Dictionary published in the UK in 1995
Average
10 Q
Mink
Sep 18 04
1353 plays
16 Ex Marks the Spat
Have fun with this exciting exhibit of "ex" words. There are ten question related to unusual words that start with "ex". I am sure you will have an excellent time.
Easy
10 Q
dcpddc478
Feb 28 14
633 plays
17 Defining Words
I offer you an unusual word with some definitions from which to choose. What could be simpler?
Tough
10 Q
bracklaman
Jun 11 08
1116 plays
18 Aunt Petunia's Old-fashioned Silly Word Quiz
Who better than my stuffy old Aunt Petunia to help us explore those wonderfully fun and peculiar words of the past?
Average
10 Q
Mbovary
Mar 14 11
657 plays
19 Useful but Obscure Words
Some more or less interesting words, which you may find less or more interesting.
Tough
10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Apr 03 02
3966 plays
20 Start a New Dictionary
Here are ten words, nine of which I've never heard of before. Have you? Good luck!
Average
10 Q
Creedy
Jun 08 13
609 plays
21 Bizarre Words 2
I had some requests for more of this kind of quiz. These are words we do not often hear. The word 'debulliate', means to boil over. For all word lovers out there, good luck!
Tough
10 Q
finlady
Nov 10 01
1116 plays
22 Scrying the Crystal Ball
I gazed into the crystal ball, and what did I see? A set of enigmatic words just waiting for you and me.
Average
10 Q
malik24
Feb 24 12
309 plays
23 It's a whatch-amacallit, you know?
Oddball and humorous names that are given to people and things.
Easy
15 Q
Pick61
Dec 21 12
810 plays
24 Daffy Definitions
The Dictionary Game in quiz form. You need to pick out the actual definition for obscure words or meanings, from among my plausible, but wrong, definitions. I used the Pocket OED (1975).
Tough
10 Q
Rimrunner
Oct 15 10
435 plays
25 "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" and Me
Tackling "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" (translated by Joscelyn Godwin) is quite the challenge, my dictionary is getting a workout. How about yours?
Tough
10 Q
TemptressToo
Jan 03 10
195 plays
26 Uncommon words
I'll give you a word that is no longer in common use and you choose which of the alternative definitions is the correct one. The words are from the book "Gallimaufry" by Michael Quinion and the sources of the other information are given after the quiz.
Difficult
10 Q
misstified
Aug 10 09
798 plays
27 "Spizzerinctum", A to Z
Next to FunTrivia, one of my favorite websites is Spizzerinctum, home to many a sesquipedalian word (that is, a long one!). Here are 25 from the site; see if you can guess their meanings!
Tough
25 Q
tjoebigham
Jul 04 03
672 plays
28 Weird and Wonderful Words 3
Here are some rarely used words and four alternate meanings. Choose the correct one.
Difficult
20 Q
steveneldaher
Jun 10 02
3318 plays
29 Can You Eat a Hassock?
This is a quiz about more or less antiquated words for household items.
Average
10 Q
robynraymer
Jan 03 03
1833 plays
30 Difficult Words #2
Some words are easy, some are tough...and some are downright insane. The following might fit somewhere in between the latter two categories. Good luck!
Tough
10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Oct 25 00
624 plays
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