Do you consider yourself a wordsmith? Maybe you follow Merriam-Webster on social media and devour their daily dose of rare words. Do you wait eagerly to hear what the word of the year is each December? Are you especially eloquent, or a major logophile? Perhaps you read a lot or are of an older generation. Sure, you know modern slang. You dish the tea, you’ve got a big mood, and you won’t be too salty if you fail this quiz. But can you spare a minute for some monkeyshine with these flapdoodles? How many of these old-timey words do you think you can define? Do you have the largest vocabulary in your circle, or do you need to brush up a bit? Check out the hints if you get stumped, and be sure to challenge your friends!
Don’t let her focus on food-related quizzes fool you, Peg is a pro in many arenas. Even though she spends most of her free time whipping up delicious cookies and concocting new recipes for easy but impressive gluten-free cakes, Peg’s brain holds a vast collection of knowledge about everything from baby animals to what you need to know to graduate from different school grades. While she’s the first to admit everything she reads doesn’t necessarily stick in her head, Peg keeps her mind fresh by reading the Financial Post and Globe and Mail on the regular, and coming up with fantastic ideas for new quizzes. She’s a secret fan of gossip, too, so watch out for her intense celeb topics!
We’ve all heard the term "hipster." You can probably visual your own definition of the word. But did you know it came into use in the 1940s? The meaning? The same. Norman Mailer was writing about hipsters and irony back in 1958. In fact, it’s where the words hep cat, hip, and hippie came from. In 2005, Arnold Zwicky coined the term “recency illusion” to describe the way old words seem new just because we haven’t heard them in a while. Just take words like "swag," coined in 1640, or "literally" being used for emphasis in the novel Nicholas Nickleby, which was published in 1839!
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