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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.
219 Language Use quizzes and 3,066 Language Use trivia questions.
  What Did They Really Mean? best quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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, 10 Qns, Catamount, Jan 18 22
Recommended for grades: 5,6,7,8
Very Easy
Jan 18 22
19752 plays
  How to be Sarcastic editor best quiz popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Learn to make annoying sarcastic comments, by answering these 10 questions.
Average, 10 Qns, Islingtonian, Nov 24 21
Nov 24 21
23255 plays
  Unusual Collective Nouns Unusual Collective Nouns great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 2 mins
Can you work out this collective nouns from the photo clues given? Good luck.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jul 02 20
Very Easy
Creedy gold member
Jul 02 20
1814 plays
  All Generalizations Are Wrong best quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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.
Average, 10 Qns, CellarDoor, May 01 22
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10,11
CellarDoor gold member
May 01 22
2991 plays
  A Poem and a Prayer A Poem and a Prayer best quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Plodd, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9
Very Easy
Aug 26 20
948 plays
  How to NOT use bad words! best quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Jun 06 14
6764 plays
  A Pair of Didymous A Pair of Didymous great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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).
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Sep 24 20
looney_tunes editor
Sep 24 20
557 plays
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, 10 Qns, Honggui, Nov 19 17
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
Very Easy
Nov 19 17
4498 plays
  Words About Words great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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!
Average, 10 Qns, minch, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9,10,11,12
minch gold member
Aug 26 20
10940 plays
  The Impossible Quiz great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
Though this quiz is, in fact, impossible, it should be easy to get 10 correct, if you figure out the key.
Tough, 10 Qns, sidnobls, Feb 21 08
6309 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What is the retronym used to describe the continental 48 states of America, except if you are from Hawaii?

From Quiz "What the Heck is a Retronym?"

  A Thoroughly Ridiculous Quiz best quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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 Qns, uglybird, Mar 08 22
uglybird gold member
Mar 08 22
5272 plays
  Euphemisms: Can You Recognize Them? popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, smeone, Jun 19 22
Jun 19 22
1892 plays
  Identify These Figures of Speech popular trivia quiz - 15 questions - 4 mins
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, 15 Qns, chessart, Oct 20 21
chessart gold member
Oct 20 21
8402 plays
  Respect - 10 questions - 3 mins
Euphemisms are a great way to say what you mean whilst maintain respect for the subject matter at hand. How many of these euphemisms have you used before?
Very Easy, 10 Qns, pagea, Aug 25 18
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
Very Easy
Aug 25 18
721 plays
  Literary Techniques popular trivia quiz - 15 questions - 5 mins
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.
Average, 15 Qns, danceswithcows, Apr 30 21
Apr 30 21
4427 plays
  Technical Literary Gobbledygook best quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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 Qns, kyleisalive, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
kyleisalive editor
Aug 26 20
1362 plays
  Capitonyms popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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 Qns, Mini_x2c, Jul 25 13
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8
Very Easy
1671 plays
  What the Heck is a Retronym? great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, nooxyjen, May 01 18
May 01 18
2313 plays
  Exploring Oxymorons popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, Nealzineatser, Oct 28 16
Nealzineatser gold member
Oct 28 16
1324 plays
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 Qns, kharkiv, Sep 04 22
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9
Sep 04 22
3982 plays
  I Invented This Word - 15 questions - 4 mins
Oh to be an author. If you can't think of the right word, you can invent one. In fact many were so good that they're now everyday words. Match the word with the author who invented it.
Average, 15 Qns, SixShutouts66, Sep 25 21
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
SixShutouts66 gold member
Sep 25 21
292 plays
  Unusual Collective Terms 2 great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 2 mins
Ten more unusual collective terms, this time for groups of animals. Have fun.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, May 22 22
Creedy gold member
May 22 22
899 plays
  One Way or Another top quiz - 10 questions - 7 mins
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.
Average, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10,11,12
guitargoddess gold member
Aug 26 20
842 plays
  Oxymorons - 10 questions - 3 mins
Oxymorons - I love them - simple, totally incongruous statements. Can you pick the oxymoron (perceived or otherwise) from the meaning given?
Average, 10 Qns, Engadine, Aug 16 19
Aug 16 19
6258 plays
  Are You Proper Posh? great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
"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 Qns, Snowman, Jul 02 21
Snowman gold member
Jul 02 21
2154 plays
  How to Address Your Peers top quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
...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 Qns, Snowman, Oct 02 08
Snowman gold member
1940 plays
  Group Collective Names - 10 questions - 3 mins
How many of these collective terms for groups of people do you know? Have fun! (Note: As per Wikepedia Collective Nouns page)
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Apr 08 16
Creedy gold member
Apr 08 16
1316 plays
  The Four Types of Writing - 15 questions - 4 mins
Everything you write falls into one of four types of writing, or "modes of discourse." Can you guess which?
Average, 15 Qns, mazeface, Sep 09 21
Sep 09 21
2823 plays
  Group Collective Names Two - 10 questions - 3 mins
A few more unusual collective terms for you to ponder over. Have fun.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Feb 17 17
Creedy gold member
Feb 17 17
788 plays
  Litotes Aren't That Bad - 10 questions - 3 mins
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!
Easier, 10 Qns, Plodd, Jul 10 13
816 plays
  10 Question Collective Nouns Quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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, flem-ish, May 29 22
May 29 22
4340 plays
  Pleonasms - 10 questions - 2 mins
This quiz will all have answers in the form of pleonasms, which are phrases that contains more words than needed, e.g. winning victory, to convey the idea. Find which pleonasm goes best with the clue.
Easier, 10 Qns, Earthboy, Mar 30 21
Mar 30 21
520 plays
  Famous Foggy Similes great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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).
Average, 10 Qns, Windswept, Jan 02 12
Windswept gold member
815 plays
  Synonyms to Oxymorons - 10 questions - 7 mins
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, krazykritik, Mar 26 10
1632 plays
  Ten People Were Wrong - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, suzi_greer, Dec 09 12
1501 plays
  Figure out the Figure. popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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 Qns, zordy, Jan 02 12
zordy gold member
2175 plays
  The Strange World of Collective Nouns - 15 questions - 7 mins
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, 15 Qns, thelovelylulu, Jan 30 22
Very Difficult
Jan 30 22
3372 plays
  Words of Warning great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 7 mins
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 Qns, scalar, Nov 04 07
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9
2607 plays
  U.S. Military Communications popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, 10 Qns, wjames, Nov 04 13
wjames gold member
453 plays
  That's Hooey! - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, nutmeglad, Jun 19 22
Jun 19 22
1940 plays
  The Department of Redundancy Department - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, MarkThames, Dec 16 17
Dec 16 17
827 plays
  Interesting Cycling Terms - 10 questions - 4 mins
Cycling is one of the sports I love to watch. Here are ten interesting terms related to that sport. Ready to begin pedalling?
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jul 03 15
Creedy gold member
742 plays
  Tough Collective Nouns Trivia - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, jglane, Apr 08 16
Apr 08 16
1446 plays
  Secrets of Nym - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, catamount, May 20 21
May 20 21
1678 plays
  This is to That... - 10 questions - 3 mins
There is a different linked theme evident in each question. I will give you a statement, and you tell me which answer makes the following statement similar. Warning: They get harder as you go along. Think laterally!
Average, 10 Qns, Jesterhat, Jul 16 21
Jul 16 21
1473 plays
  What Was That? - 10 questions - 3 mins
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, Ilona_Ritter, Aug 06 22
Ilona_Ritter gold member
Aug 06 22
3463 plays
  Mangled Metaphors, Malapropisms, and More! - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, scarlettmw, Jan 15 12
3950 plays
  Military Chow-Down - 10 questions - 5 mins
Some unique, historic and (hopefully) interesting terms used by the U.S. military concerning food.
Tough, 10 Qns, wjames, Jul 09 13
wjames gold member
500 plays
  A Lesson in Retronyms - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, evil44, May 30 10
743 plays
  Language Tricks And Parlour Games - 10 questions - 6 mins
This quiz deals with terminology in the field of what could be called word games, but is also partially in the periphery of literary techniques and linguistic effects. Come in and see for yourself.
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Aug 01 22
Aug 01 22
1820 plays
  Popeye Sez: "Watch Yer Pronunski-Ayshun!" - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, snediger, Oct 17 18
Oct 17 18
629 plays
  The writer's grimoire, part 1 - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, netherrealm, Nov 01 10
499 plays
  Self-Descriptive Rhetoric - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, 10 Qns, Tchochkekop, May 30 14
832 plays
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