Can You Match the Common Word With Its Fancy Synonym?

EDUCATION

By: Annette

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Sometimes it's important to speak with a little flair. Wait, sometimes? You should talk fancy all the time! Are you ready for a little skosh of delightful trivia? Remember to select the fanciest option. Raise your pinkies, everyone!

Want

It's not enough to want something, you must YEARN for it. Tell a woman you yearn for her, and you will have more success.

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Dress

Darling, when you're wearing Chanel, it's important to not make a big deal out of your dress. Simply refer to it as your frock.

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Happy

When you're happy, you should be positively beatific! Happy does not express the blissful feeling of it in the right way.

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Toying

If you're toying with something, or someone is toying with you, they're merely bandying you about. Don't let anyone bandy with you that way!

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Hate

When you hate something, don't just hate it, abhor it! In fact, abhor anything that is bourgeois and dull.

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Strength

Don't merely find the emotional strength to do something, find the fortitude. Fortitude is much stronger than strength.

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Sex

It's much more respectable to propose a session of coitus with your partner, rather than just plain sex. If you've been planning it, then you've contrived a session of coitus.

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Newbie

Darling, anyone who has never played tennis before is a neophyte. Newbie sounds like a booby.

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Email

When you want something emailed to you, don't use that dreadful word. Merely ask someone to route something your way.

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Shameful

No shrimp cocktail or Champagne? Simply deplorable!

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Boring

Never tell someone that they're boring. They'll be much more pleased if you call them insipid.

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Pale

Oh, dear Eliza, you're looking rather wan this morning. Never say that someone looks sickly.

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Hello

It's always best - when you wish to be fancy - to say "greetings" instead of "hello." When you really want to go big, say "bonjour."

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Appetizers

It's perfectly acceptable to pass around the appetizers at your party. But be sure to refer to them as amuse-bouche.

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Bad

When you see a bad movie, don't just say that it sucks. You must refer to the film as an utter abomination.

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Cool

When something is cool or good, don't use these boring words to describe it. Rather say that the book you just read was terribly winning.

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Thai food

Don't just go to the new Thai place that opened up across the street. Tempt your palate with the nouveau Pan-Asian cuisine.

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Dialogue

It's always nice to sit around a fire and talk with your friends. But it's much more enjoyable to share winning banter.

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Universal

You can have an eclectic taste in music. But it's much more favorable to have a positively catholic taste in music.

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Answer

Never, ever give a witty reply. You must, instead, always provide a keen retort.

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Argument

If you're going to argue something, you better make it count. Go on a nasty tirade or diatribe.

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Couch

Darling, don't have a smoke on the coach. Rather, enjoy a puff on the chaise.

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Pants

Don't just put your pants on in the morning. Be sure to pull on your britches and prepare for the day!

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Boots

When it begins to rain, reach for the galoshes, not the rain boots. You can even refer to them as Wellies for more flair.

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Clunker

A curse upon that old jalopy! When you call it a jalopy, you give the car more value than it previously had.

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Den

Serve tea in the parlor, Mildred, not in the den. And leave the coats in the foyer.

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Jeans

Our blue collar workers deserve to go to work in something better than overalls. Dungarees are much more respectable.

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Fridge

Darling, might you be so kind as to retrieve some more vodka from the ice box? We're also low on crudités.

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Short pants

When your pants only go to your calf, then it's important to refer to them as capris. If you want to go seriously old-school, use peddle-pushers.

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Slush

We have Shakespeare to thank for this one. When the snow melts, be sure to go kicking around in the broth.

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Pouring

Oh, Fritz, I can't drive to the country because it's positively lumming outside! This word comes to us from Scotland.

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Sofa

It's oh so comfortable to recline upon the davenport and watch a film. Far more agreeable than going out to the picture show.

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Hope

Do not hope for something to happen, pray for it. "Oh, I do pray that we have the chance to meet for libations after the polo match."

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Come

Next time you speak to your dog, don't tell them to "come," tell them to "approach!" Say this with a British accent for more effect.

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TV

Dear Sir, it's not a television, it's an entertainment hub. Turn it into a multi-platform experience.

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