Quiz about Christmas Music  In Other Words
Quiz about Christmas Music  In Other Words

Christmas Music - In Other Words Quiz


This quiz features some of the all-time classic Christmas songs with their titles reworded. You may find it challenging, but nonetheless... have fun and good luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by thejazzkickazz. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
222,551
Updated
Feb 09 23
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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Last 3 plays: Samoyed7 (10/10), Raven361 (10/10), bruins1956 (9/10).
1. Which of these songs could be entitled 'A Duodecad of Twenty-Four-Hour Periods Devoted to the Mass of Christ' if some out-of-control etymologist had his way? Hint

Christmas Day is Coming
Twelve Days of Christmas
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Christmas Time

2. Let us say, for the sake of fun, that a true word-nerd were allowed to rename each Christmas song. Which song might then be renamed 'Light, Mellow Resonant Sounds Emanating from Hollow Metallic Objects, Shaped Like Inverted Cups'?

Answer: (Two words (no 'silver'))
3. Our dictionary elves have been working overtime for this quiz. For which popular song have they come up with the fresh new title, 'Do Not Impede or Forbid in Any Case the Occurrence of Frozen Atmospheric Water Vapor Descending Lightly upon the Earth's Surface'? Hint

Step into Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Let it Snow!
Sleigh Ride

4. Which festive individual would be unhappy with the Christmas song title 'Festoon the Elongated, Walled Enclosures Used Typically for Passage'? Apparently, for one, the person who chose which actual name for the tune? Hint

Deck the Halls
Under the Tree
I'll be Home for Christmas
Hang the Mistletoe

5. Don't be sad if the Christmas song 'Azure Nativity' received a more familiar title, namely...? Hint

Blue Christmas
Green Christmas
White Christmas
Red Christmas

6. 'Argent-Colored, Suspended Metal Tubes Found in a Campanile' is an admittedly cumbersome renaming of which delicate Christmas classic?

Answer: (Two Words (...every cloud has this lining?))
7. 'Xmas of the Initial, Ordinal, Arithmetical Value'...wow, that's a mouthful. I would be all for going with that fancified name over the chosen title for which Christmas favorite? Hint

Only on Christmas
All Alone for Christmas
The First Noel
Twelve Days of Christmas

8. Let's go crazy. Which classic Christmas song should be renamed 'Appreciative Feelings of Great Pleasure or Euphoria Bestowed in the Direction of a Cerulean-Hued Globe Rotating at the Approximate Distance of an Astronomical Unit around the Sun' if we get our way?

Answer: (Four Words (Happily contemplate this one for a bit.))
9. Okay, back to reality. I'm quite certain that players of this quiz will find the title 'A Nocturnal Unit of Time Sans Acoustical Accompaniment' a perfectly reasonable replacement for which beloved Christmas carol?

Answer: (Two Words (Take a quiet moment and think about it.))
10. Finally, may I suggest the bland but effective title 'Yule-Related Musical Composition' in place of the equally bland original name for which popular Christmas song made famous by Nat King Cole? Hint

Jingle Bell Rock
The Christmas Song
Christmas Time
Merry Christmas, Darling


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of these songs could be entitled 'A Duodecad of Twenty-Four-Hour Periods Devoted to the Mass of Christ' if some out-of-control etymologist had his way?

Answer: Twelve Days of Christmas

A duodecad is a group of 12 things. The word 'Christmas' literally means 'Mass of Christ'. As for a 'twenty-four-hour period', well, heck, you know what that is!

The cost of these twelve days of Christmas, according to 'The Christmas Index of December 2005, would be $18,348.87, in 2005 dollars. (Seven Swans-a-Swimming, for example, would cost about $4,200.)
2. Let us say, for the sake of fun, that a true word-nerd were allowed to rename each Christmas song. Which song might then be renamed 'Light, Mellow Resonant Sounds Emanating from Hollow Metallic Objects, Shaped Like Inverted Cups'?

Answer: Jingle Bells

'Jingle Bells', known previously as 'One Horse Open Sleigh', was written by a Mr. James Pierpont in 1857 for Thanksgiving. Later, it became associated with Christmas, though, if you'll notice, the song contains no mention of the latter holiday.
3. Our dictionary elves have been working overtime for this quiz. For which popular song have they come up with the fresh new title, 'Do Not Impede or Forbid in Any Case the Occurrence of Frozen Atmospheric Water Vapor Descending Lightly upon the Earth's Surface'?

Answer: Let it Snow!

'Let it Snow!' was written in 1945. Here are the lyrics from the first verse:

Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful;
And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
4. Which festive individual would be unhappy with the Christmas song title 'Festoon the Elongated, Walled Enclosures Used Typically for Passage'? Apparently, for one, the person who chose which actual name for the tune?

Answer: Deck the Halls

'Deck the Halls' is another one of those Christmas songs that doesn't contain the word 'Christmas', though the synonymous word 'yule' does appear. The song is derived from a traditional Welsh winter carol entitled 'Nos Galan'.

By the way, the word 'festoon' may be used as a synonym for 'decorate', which is another term for 'deck'.
5. Don't be sad if the Christmas song 'Azure Nativity' received a more familiar title, namely...?

Answer: Blue Christmas

Ernest Tubb was the first performer to make 'Blue Christmas' a hit (in 1949), but the world is most familiar with the Elvis Presley version of the somewhat downbeat tune.

Azure is a shade of blue, while the word 'nativity' is sometimes used in place of Christmas.
6. 'Argent-Colored, Suspended Metal Tubes Found in a Campanile' is an admittedly cumbersome renaming of which delicate Christmas classic?

Answer: Silver Bells

'Silver Bells' is one of the most oft-recorded Christmas tune, none more famously that Bing Crosby's 1951 version. Jay Livingston and Ray Evans were the songwriters. They originally intended to call it 'Tinkle Bells'...no idea how I would have handled 'tinkle' in other words!

The adjectival word 'argent' is from the Latin 'argentum', meaning silver. A campanile is a bell tower (a word derived from the Latin 'campana', meaning 'bell').
7. 'Xmas of the Initial, Ordinal, Arithmetical Value'...wow, that's a mouthful. I would be all for going with that fancified name over the chosen title for which Christmas favorite?

Answer: The First Noel

'The First Noel', also written with the awesome umlaut as 'The First NoŽl', is an 'ancient' English Christmas song. NoŽl is the French term for 'Christmas', derived as it is from the Latin term 'natalis', meaning 'birth'.
8. Let's go crazy. Which classic Christmas song should be renamed 'Appreciative Feelings of Great Pleasure or Euphoria Bestowed in the Direction of a Cerulean-Hued Globe Rotating at the Approximate Distance of an Astronomical Unit around the Sun' if we get our way?

Answer: Joy to the World

Okay, let's not rename it, then, but rather try to decipher some elements of this alternate name. 'Cerulean-hued' is another potential word for 'blue', the color of the Earth (or 'world'), or in the case of this question, the 'globe rotating at the approximate distance of an astronomical unit around the Sun'. An astronomical unit (or AU) is approximately equal to 93 million miles, or 149.6 million kilometers, or the average distance from the center of the Earth to the center of the Sun.
9. Okay, back to reality. I'm quite certain that players of this quiz will find the title 'A Nocturnal Unit of Time Sans Acoustical Accompaniment' a perfectly reasonable replacement for which beloved Christmas carol?

Answer: Silent Night

'Silent Night' was originally written as a German carol by Franz Gruber (music), with lyrics added by Josef Mohr (who entitled the song 'Stille Nacht'). Perhaps the most famous English-language performance of the song was by Frank Sinatra.

'Nocturnal' is an adjective for 'night'.
10. Finally, may I suggest the bland but effective title 'Yule-Related Musical Composition' in place of the equally bland original name for which popular Christmas song made famous by Nat King Cole?

Answer: The Christmas Song

Though Nat King Cole made the song famous, it was Mel Torme who penned the classic Yule-related (aka Christmas) tune with Bob Wells in 1944. The song is subtitled 'Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire'.

I hope you have enjoyed this quiz, and I wish you a merry Christmas, regardless of the time of year!
Source: Author thejazzkickazz

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