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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 209 quizzes and 2,090 trivia questions in this category.
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trivia quiz  Group Collective Names Two 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Feb 17 17

A few more unusual collective terms for you to ponder over. Have fun.
Creedy gold member
Feb 17 17
564 plays
trivia quiz  Synonyms to Oxymorons 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, krazykritik, Mar 02 10

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.
Mar 02 10
1515 plays
match quiz  Respect 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, pagea, Aug 25 18

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
Aug 25 18
555 plays
trivia quiz  Secrets of Nym 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, catamount, Jun 21 04

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.
Jun 21 04
1542 plays
trivia quiz  Litotes Aren't That Bad 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Plodd, Jul 10 13

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!
Jul 10 13
687 plays
trivia quiz  Military Chow-Down 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, wjames, Mar 29 13

Some unique, historic and (hopefully) interesting terms used by the U.S. military concerning food.
wjames gold member
Mar 29 13
456 plays
trivia quiz  What Was That? 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Ilona_Ritter, Aug 22 03

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.
Aug 22 03
3324 plays
trivia quiz  Collective Nouns 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, jglane, Nov 08 10

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.
Nov 08 10
1407 plays
trivia quiz  That's Hooey! 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, nutmeglad, Sep 04 04

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.
Sep 04 04
1851 plays
trivia quiz  Collective Nouns 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 26 02

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.
Jan 26 02
4221 plays
trivia quiz  Mangled Metaphors, Malapropisms, and More! 10 questions
Difficult, 10 Qns, scarlettmw, Nov 28 02

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?
Nov 28 02
3900 plays
trivia quiz  Language Tricks And Parlour Games 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 31 02

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.
Jan 31 02
1797 plays
trivia quiz  The Department of Redundancy Department 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, MarkThames, Dec 12 13

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!
Dec 12 13
786 plays
trivia quiz  Interesting Cycling Terms 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jun 05 15

Cycling is one of the sports I love to watch. Here are ten interesting terms related to that sport. Ready to begin pedalling?
Creedy gold member
Jun 05 15
540 plays
trivia quiz  This is to That... 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Jesterhat, Mar 01 05

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!
Mar 01 05
1449 plays
trivia quiz  A Lesson in Retronyms 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, evil44, May 30 10

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.
May 30 10
705 plays
trivia quiz  Ten People Were Wrong 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, suzi_greer, Dec 08 12

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.
Dec 08 12
1398 plays
trivia quiz  Popeye Sez: "Watch Yer Pronunski-Ayshun!" 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, snediger, Jan 22 11

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!
Jan 22 11
612 plays
trivia quiz  Oxymorons 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Engadine, Dec 08 02

Oxymorons - I love them - simple, totally incongruous statements. Can you pick the oxymoron (perceived or otherwise) from the meaning given?
Dec 08 02
6081 plays
trivia quiz  The Four Types of Writing 15 questions
Average, 15 Qns, mazeface, Feb 06 04

Everything you write falls into one of four types of writing, or "modes of discourse." Can you guess which?
Feb 06 04
2178 plays
trivia quiz  The writer's grimoire, part 1 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, netherrealm, Nov 01 10

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.
Nov 01 10
480 plays
trivia quiz  Pleonasms 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Earthboy, Oct 18 17

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.
Oct 18 17
441 plays
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