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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.
232 Language Use quizzes and 3,248 Language Use trivia questions.
1.
  What Did They Really Mean?   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Catamount
Jan 18 22
20254 plays
2.
  How to be Sarcastic editor best quiz   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Learn to make annoying sarcastic comments, by answering these 10 questions.
Average, 10 Qns, Islingtonian, Nov 24 21
Average
Islingtonian
Nov 24 21
23645 plays
3.
A Poem and a Prayer
  A Poem and a Prayer   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
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
Plodd
Aug 26 20
1089 plays
4.
  All Generalizations Are Wrong   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
CellarDoor gold member
May 01 22
3247 plays
5.
  How to NOT use bad words!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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, Feb 20 23
Average
pu2-ke-qi-ri
Feb 20 23
6923 plays
6.
A Pair of Didymous
  A Pair of Didymous   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
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
Average
looney_tunes editor
Sep 24 20
617 plays
7.
  Malapropisms - The Pineapple of Word Quizzes   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Honggui
Nov 19 17
4899 plays
8.
  Words About Words   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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, Jun 11 23
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9,10,11,12
Average
minch gold member
Jun 11 23
11282 plays
9.
  What the Heck is a Retronym?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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, Jul 06 23
Easier
nooxyjen
Jul 06 23
2519 plays
10.
  Euphemisms: Can You Recognize Them?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Easier
smeone
Jun 19 22
2531 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What is a thoughtful term for a group of philosophers?

From Quiz "Group Collective Names"




11.
  Identify These Figures of Speech   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
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
Average
chessart gold member
Oct 20 21
10184 plays
12.
  Literary Techniques   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
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, Jul 31 23
Average
danceswithcows
Jul 31 23
11752 plays
13.
  A Thoroughly Ridiculous Quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
uglybird
Mar 08 22
5366 plays
14.
  The Impossible Quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Tough
sidnobls
6369 plays
15.
  Respect    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
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
pagea
Aug 25 18
837 plays
16.
  Technical Literary Gobbledygook   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
kyleisalive editor
Aug 26 20
1432 plays
17.
  So You Know Your Figurative and Poetic Language?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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, Feb 20 23
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9
Average
kharkiv
Feb 20 23
5528 plays
18.
  Capitonyms   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Mini_x2c
1768 plays
19.
  One Way or Another   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
guitargoddess gold member
Aug 26 20
871 plays
20.
  I Invented This Word    
Match Quiz
 15 Qns
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
Average
SixShutouts66 gold member
Sep 25 21
319 plays
21.
  Are You Proper Posh?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"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
Tough
Snowman gold member
Jul 02 21
2238 plays
22.
  Litotes Aren't That Bad    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Easier
Plodd
956 plays
23.
  How to Address Your Peers   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
...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
Difficult
Snowman gold member
1955 plays
24.
  The Four Types of Writing    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
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
Average
mazeface
Sep 09 21
7076 plays
25.
  U.S. Military Communications   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
wjames gold member
492 plays
26.
  Famous Foggy Similes   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
Windswept gold member
825 plays
27.
  Pleonasms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Easier
Earthboy
Mar 30 21
549 plays
28.
  Words of Warning   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Tough
scalar
2628 plays
29.
  Ten People Were Wrong    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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.
Average, 10 Qns, suzi_greer, Dec 09 12
Average
suzi_greer
1521 plays
30.
  Figure out the Figure.   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Tough
zordy gold member
2188 plays
31.
  That's Hooey!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
nutmeglad
Jun 19 22
1949 plays
32.
  The Department of Redundancy Department    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
MarkThames
Dec 16 17
836 plays
33.
  Interesting Cycling Terms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
Creedy gold member
765 plays
34.
  This is to That...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
Jesterhat
Jul 16 21
1492 plays
35.
  Secrets of Nym    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
catamount
May 20 21
1686 plays
36.
  Popeye Sez: "Watch Yer Pronunski-Ayshun!"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
snediger
Oct 17 18
642 plays
37.
  What Was That?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
Ilona_Ritter gold member
Aug 06 22
3501 plays
38.
  Mangled Metaphors, Malapropisms, and More!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Difficult
scarlettmw
3969 plays
39.
  The writer's grimoire, part 1    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
netherrealm
507 plays
40.
  A Lesson in Retronyms    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
evil44
755 plays
41.
  Language Tricks And Parlour Games    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Tough
flem-ish
Aug 01 22
1829 plays
42.
  Military Chow-Down    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some unique, historic and (hopefully) interesting terms used by the U.S. military concerning food.
Tough, 10 Qns, wjames, Jul 09 13
Tough
wjames gold member
576 plays
43.
  Self-Descriptive Rhetoric    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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
Average
Tchochkekop
838 plays
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Language Use Trivia Questions

1. If a cyclist is described as going "a bloc", what is he doing?

From Quiz
Interesting Cycling Terms

Answer: Going as hard as possible

Going "a bloc" means that a rider is giving everything he has and going as fast as he possibly can during a race. This is a strategy that can of course result in a win, but if put into place too early, can see the rider running out of puff and being eventually overtaken.

2. What word would turn this sentence into a redundant sentence if it were placed into the blank? The ____-eared hare bounded across the meadow.

From Quiz The Department of Redundancy Department

Answer: Long

Hares are known to have long ears (normally even longer than rabbits). Saying "long-eared hare" is definitely redundancy. One could use this sentence to try to mean a hare with especially long ears, but the sentence does not specify that so it is still redundant.

3. Despite frequent misuse in movies and on TV, which two procedure words (prowords) are NEVER to be said together, since they have conflicting meanings?

From Quiz U.S. Military Communications

Answer: Over and Out

"Over" means "I am finished with my message and an waiting for a reply", while "Out" means "I am finished, no reply expected". So, "Over and Out" may sound official to civilians, but it is incorrect and grates on the nerves of military communicators.

4. To a U.S. sailor, what are MIDRATS?

From Quiz Military Chow-Down

Answer: Midnight Rations

Midnight Rations are a small meal prepared around 2300 (11pm) on ships underway. This light meal is meant to help the oncoming Midnight-4am watch (Mid-Watch) to be alert during the wee hours of the night. Those going off watch at midnight may also be able to grab a bite. The truly lazy who don't stand watch will get up just to eat MIDRATS!

5. Which word or phrase below means 'a considerable amount'?

From Quiz Ten People Were Wrong

Answer: a lot

If you want to visit a town in India, then that town could be Alot. If you assign a portion, as in time, then allot that time. However, if you have a large number of something, like allotted time in a Alot, India, then that would be 'a lot'. Get it? Got it. Good!

6. Hey! I really dig that shade of purple. Don't they call that "Mauve?" Give me the proper pronunciation of "mauve."

From Quiz Popeye Sez: "Watch Yer Pronunski-Ayshun!"

Answer: mohv (long o, one syllable; rhymes with Jove)

Yeah, this one surprised me, too. For years, I pronounced the word MAWVE when I read it. According to www.yourdictionary.com, "this word has not moved far enough enough from French to assume an English pronunciation."

7. A classic example of a retronym deals with the Great War that lasted from 1914-1918. After the massive war from 1939-1945, what retronym has been used to describe the Great War?

From Quiz A Lesson in Retronyms

Answer: World War I

It would seem rather silly to call the Great War by its retronym without having a second world war to compare it to. If someone had done so during the 1920s, they would have implied a second world war long before it ever happened.

8. This clue is the best ever written for Fun Trivia! What rhetorical device does it employ?

From Quiz Self-Descriptive Rhetoric

Answer: Hyperbole

Hyperbole is gross exaggeration used for emphasis.

9. Gasp! Gulp! Splash! All these words are examples of which figure?

From Quiz Figure out the Figure.

Answer: Onomatopoiea

The examples given are frequent in comics, but of course there are other more noble examples of onomatopoiea. Take Tennyson: "the moan of doves in immemorial elms,
 And murmuring of innumerable bees." Can you hear the drone in the sound of these verses? No? Well...

10. Henry VIII was the first English monarch to be addressed as "Your Majesty". Prior to this, what was the correct form of address?

From Quiz How to Address Your Peers

Answer: Your Grace

Henry VIII decided that the form of address for the reigning sovereign should become "Your Majesty" after it had been adopted by the Holy Roman Emperor in 1519. The style had formerly been used to refer to God. However, although it became the most commonly used form of address in England, it was not exclusively used. "Your Highness" and "Your Grace" were both used in official documents after the new style was adopted. It wasn't until the reign of James I that "Majesty" became the exclusive style. Henry was keen on creating new adopted styles: at the commencement of his reign the style of the sovereign was "By the Grace of God, King of England and France and Lord of Ireland"; by his death, through several changes, his precise style had become, "By the Grace of God, King of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith and of the Church of England and also of Ireland in Earth, under Jesus Christ, Supreme Head". Your Grace was still used as the only form of address of the Kings and Queens of Scotland up until the Act of Union in 1707 when the royal houses of England and Scotland were merged. After the Act of Union the full official style of office of the sovereign combined the two styles and became "His/Her Most Gracious Majesty".

11. The "Ashrei" is the recitation from Hebrew literature (Psalm 145) which occurs three times each day in Hebrew worship. What is the first assertion of the "Ashrei"?

From Quiz The Impossible Quiz

Answer: I will extol

Most psalms change voice often. Some verses directly address God, while some speak about God. Psalm 145 begins with no less than six "I" statements in the first third of the psalm - with none to follow in the final 15 verses. The first letter of every verse of Psalm 145 starts with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

12. According to Kate Fox in her book "Watching the English", if someone speaks to you but you don't quite hear what they said, what is the correct English upper class response?

From Quiz Are You Proper Posh?

Answer: What?

The use of "Pardon" is the single greatest linguistic sin for the upper and upper-middle classes. It is considered far worse to say "pardon" than to be heard uttering a four-letter word. Lower middle and middle middle classes will use pardon. Upper-middle say "Sorry?". Upper and working classes tend to say "What?"

13. The first word in this quiz is one you might hear on the golf course when a player is about to tee off. Although the answers here are just the word or phrase, they seem to fit better when you mentally add an exclamation point!

From Quiz Words of Warning

Answer: Fore

The origin of "Fore!" may be from "before," meaning the time when it is said.

14. What language device is this? Silly Sally and Sam saw seven slithering snakes sunbathing on the sand in San Francisco.

From Quiz So You Know Your Figurative and Poetic Language?

Answer: Alliteration

Alliteration - repetition of the same consonant sound (note: doesn't have to be in the beginning of the word). This example of alliteration is also called sibilance, since the alliterative sound is 's'. Another example of alliteration: Four furry fish ate french fries on Friday after their coffee break.

15. "The sun was like a large ball of butter" is an example of what literary technique?

From Quiz Literary Techniques

Answer: Simile

Similes are a type of metaphorical language which make comparisons between two basically unlike things, normally using the words "like" or "as" to make the comparison. In this example, the sun is being compared to a large ball of butter.

16. Yeast is to Vegemite, as Flour is to _____?

From Quiz This is to That...

Answer: Bread

The linking theme here is ingredients. Vegemite is made from yeast extracts, just as flour is the main ingedient in bread.

17. "He is the very pineapple of politeness!" Which is the correct term?

From Quiz What Did They Really Mean?

Answer: Pinnacle

This is an example of the original Mrs. Malaprop in the play "The Rivals" by Richard Sheridan.

18. This type of writing explains things.

From Quiz The Four Types of Writing

Answer: exposition

Exposition writing "explains" or "informs." Most of the writing we do is expository. When we write exposition, we are exposing the reader to specific information.

19. Her eyes were emeralds.

From Quiz What Was That?

Answer: metaphor

A metaphor is a comparison that doesn't use "like" or "as".

20. "Cocaine isn't habit forming. I should know--I've been using it for years."

From Quiz Mangled Metaphors, Malapropisms, and More!

Answer: Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead (1902-1968) appeared in over twenty films, including "The Tarnished Lady" and "Die! Die! My Darling." The quote "My father warned me about booze and men, but he never mentioned a word about cocaine and women," is also attributed to her.

21. What is the correct term to describe the special effect that occurs in lines like these: 'Able was I ere I saw Elba' and 'Sex at noon taxes'?

From Quiz Language Tricks And Parlour Games

Answer: palindrome

An example of an anagram is 'enraged' for angered; 'to love ruin' for revolution; 'voices rant on' for conversation. Spoonerisms are what the Rev. William Archibald Spooner was famous for. He was Warden of New College in Oxford from 1903 to 1924. He reproached one of his students that the student had 'hissed his mystery lessons', wanted to be 'sewn to another sheet' and called a Welsh harp a 'harsh whelp'. Spoonerists might ask people to 'form up a fill' and 'well-oiled bicycles' became 'well-boiled icicles'. In other words he permanently mixed up sounds and syllables. The word laser is an acronym, a word formed from the first letters of the words to which it refers (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation).

22. 'Out in the porch's sagging floor, Leaves got up in a coil and hissed, Blindly struck at my knee and missed.'

From Quiz Identify These Figures of Speech

Answer: metaphor

A metaphor is an implied comparison, as contrasted with a simile which is an explicit comparison using either 'like' or 'as'. The passage is from Robert Frost's 'Bereft'.

23. Round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran. This is an example of:

From Quiz Words About Words

Answer: alliteration

24. According to statistics, which type of person would most likely excel the best at math?

From Quiz Pleonasms

Answer: male boy

Of course, all boys are males and all girls are females. Statistics show that boys do better at math than girls. The reason is because boys tend to have better spatial skills. Since 1972, the average SAT math score for boys is 530, while for girls, it is 499.

25. What, in the world of cycling, is an anchor?

From Quiz Interesting Cycling Terms

Answer: The child of a cyclist

The child of a rider is given that name because it means the rider is anchored to the home in which the child lives, and can't, perhaps as he did in his single days, live all over the globe following the tours. Nor can he tote a school-age child with him wherever he goes. He still gets to and from the tours of course, but usually by plane.

26. What word would turn this sentence into a redundant sentence if it were placed into the blank? The ___ marsh was filled with flora and fauna.

From Quiz The Department of Redundancy Department

Answer: Wet

Marshes are a kind of wetland. All marshes are wet. Thus, the sentence (if filled in with "wet") is redundant because marshes are already defined as wet, so you don't have to describe a marsh as wet again.

27. The word "Repeat" means "Fire Again", so that word is never used to ask for a repetition. Which phrase does the U.S. military use to ask a sender to repeat their message?

From Quiz U.S. Military Communications

Answer: Say again

"Say again" means to repeat the entire message. If you only missed part, you can use "Say all after (last word heard)".

28. The meaning of what word changes when capitalized from a porcelain or ceramic tableware to an Asian country whose capital is Beijing?

From Quiz Capitonyms

Answer: China/china

While on vacation in China, Raymond brought an expensive set of china. The pronunciation is the same for both uses of the word China/china.

29. After I got dressed, I looked out of the window and saw that the sun was shining and the sky blue. Which litotes did I use?

From Quiz Litotes Aren't That Bad

Answer: The weather is not unpleasant at all

"The weather is not unpleasant at all" is another way of saying "The weather is very pleasant". The two negative words in this sentence, "not" and "unpleasant", are expressed as a positive.

30. The mid-day meal has different names in different parts of the U.S. What generic name is usually used in the U.S. military to avoid confusion?

From Quiz Military Chow-Down

Answer: Noon meal

"Noon meal" is certainly descriptive, if bland. I was raised in the Midwest to call this meal "dinner", and heard "lunch" only at school - thus the need to standardize.

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