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What Did They Really Mean? Trivia Quiz


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.

A multiple-choice quiz by Catamount. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Catamount
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
181,986
Updated
Mar 08 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Very Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
20384
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. "He is the very pineapple of politeness!" Which is the correct term? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Wes Westrum said about a close baseball game: "Well, that was a cliff-dweller." Which word should he have used? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. "This is unparalysed in the state's history." What is the correct word? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Listen to the blabbing brook." What word should Norm Crosby have used? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Mike Smith, baseball pitcher, said about his new coat: "It got lots of installation in it." Should he have said "insulation" or "insolation"?

Answer: (One word - insulation or insolation)
Question 6 of 10
6. Mike Smith also asked for a salad with "lots of neutrons". What did he really want? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Who is credited with this famous malapropism? "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."
Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This is an anonymous example of charting in a nursing home: "Mrs. X is exhibiting bazaar behaviour." What kind of behaviour was the nurse trying to describe? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Let's have a Canadian example. Allan Lamport, former mayor of Toronto, said: "Keep this up and we'll have a vicious triangle." What geometric figure should he have used? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. And finally, another original malapropism from Mrs. Malaprop: "Sure, if I reprehend any thing in this world it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!" What four terms should she have used?
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1. "He is the very pineapple of politeness!" Which is the correct term?

Answer: Pinnacle

This is an example of the original Mrs. Malaprop in the play "The Rivals" by Richard Sheridan.
2. Wes Westrum said about a close baseball game: "Well, that was a cliff-dweller." Which word should he have used?

Answer: Cliff-hanger

The former Giants manager also said of baseball: "It's like church: many attend, but few understand."
3. "This is unparalysed in the state's history." What is the correct word?

Answer: unparalleled

Gib Lewis, Texas Speaker of the House, is also credited with asking a group of handicapped people in wheelchairs: "And now, will y'all stand and be recognized?"
4. "Listen to the blabbing brook." What word should Norm Crosby have used?

Answer: Babbling

Norm Crosby is known as "The King of Malaprop". He always speaks from his diagram and drinks decapitated coffee.
5. Mike Smith, baseball pitcher, said about his new coat: "It got lots of installation in it." Should he have said "insulation" or "insolation"?

Answer: Insulation

"Insulation" is the correct term. "Insolation" refers to exposure to sun and solar radiation striking the earth's surface.
6. Mike Smith also asked for a salad with "lots of neutrons". What did he really want?

Answer: Croutons

Croutons are fried or roasted bread cubes. Futons are for sleeping, Teutons were an ancient Celtic or Germanic tribe and zileutons are a kind of asthma drug.
7. Who is credited with this famous malapropism? "We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile."

Answer: George W. Bush

"Bushisms" have created lots of material for comedians. "Free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat" is another famous statement by Dubya.
8. This is an anonymous example of charting in a nursing home: "Mrs. X is exhibiting bazaar behaviour." What kind of behaviour was the nurse trying to describe?

Answer: Bizarre

"Bizarre behaviour" is a catch-all term for people acting, well, strange.
9. Let's have a Canadian example. Allan Lamport, former mayor of Toronto, said: "Keep this up and we'll have a vicious triangle." What geometric figure should he have used?

Answer: Circle

Another acceptable term would be "vicious cycle".
10. And finally, another original malapropism from Mrs. Malaprop: "Sure, if I reprehend any thing in this world it is the use of my oracular tongue, and a nice derangement of epitaphs!" What four terms should she have used?

Answer: comprehend, vernacular, arrangement, epithets

Prophetic words indeed!
Source: Author Catamount

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