Is Your Vocabulary Even Good?

By: Brian Whitney

Is Your Vocabulary Even Good?
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About This Quiz

If you have a good vocabulary, the world is at your fingertips. If you're a person that has the ability to use words in a way that convinces, entertains or impresses people then you have already won half the battle. On the other hand, if you're a person that struggles to figure out what words to use, then life can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. This is true about anything you would like to do, whether it be flirting with someone you have your eye on, trying to get a job that pays more money, or simply trying to explain yourself to someone, whether it be written or verbal a good vocabulary is a key to success.

You might not be sure what kind of vocabulary you have; after all, if you aren't sure what a word that someone is using means, that doesn't mean that your vocabulary stinks. It might just mean that you have come across someone that uses obscure words to try to be impressive, and let's be honest, no one wants to be that guy. So we have put together a quiz that will let you know whether or not your vocabulary is splendid or superior. Take this quiz to find out.

What is a "frontier"?
A type of hat
A wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country
Although in America this word was often used in the old West, its origin is French. In French, it means one country that is bordering another.
A football play
A type of ice cream

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What are you doing when you "gripe?"
Complaining
This word originally meant to grab something, but as time has gone on, the meaning has changed. It now means to complain about something.
Sleeping
Walking
Yelling

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What does "temporary" mean?
Not permanent
"Temporary" is a bit of a funny word, because what does last forever when you think of it? The origin of this word is Latin. Back then it was "temporarius."
To be angry
Permanent
To be tired

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What does "effuse" mean?
To pour out
"Effuse" has a latin origin. While the word means "to pour out," these days it is used a lot more to show that someone is excited.
To jump on
To sleep with
To cry

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What grows on a "citrus" tree?
Bananas
Thorns
Oranges
Citrus trees usually grow in the South. While they are mostly known for their oranges, one also can grow lemons on a citrus tree.
Steak

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How loud is a "din"?
Not loud at all
Kind of loud
Pretty loud
Really loud
A din is not only a loud noise, it is also one that is strident. Basically this word means not only something that is loud, but something that is also bothersome as well.

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How big is something that is "vast"?
Tiny
Medium sized
Pretty big
Huge
If you use the word "vast," it not only means that something is huge. It also implies that something is desolate and empty. A desert is vast, but a football stadium wouldn't be.

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If you are feeling "woe," how do you feel?
Sad
If you feel "woe" it isn't that you just feel sad, you feel sad because something bad happened to you. This is why they say "a tale of woe."
Happy
Angry
Nostalgic

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What are you doing if you "complain"?
Laughing
Expressing unhappiness
People that complain aren't just unhappy; they are people that are unhappy about something that want to let someone know.
Screaming
Dancing

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What is an "era"?
A type of pizza
A period of time
An era is a period of time that was distinctive. This is why the expression "the end of an era" is so well known.
A hat
A breed of horse

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What might something "delicate" be?
Fragile
Delicate is a word that could refer to feelings as well as something that is easily breakable. If you try to break news to someone in a delicate manner, you are trying not to hurt their feelings.
Tough
Strong
Tall

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What type of job would be "menial"?
Working as an architect
Working as an artist
Working in a warehouse
The word "menial" is used for unskilled labor. Not that there is anything wrong with that; sometimes menial jobs can pay very well.
Working as a musician

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What is a "strand" of hair?
An afro
It is hair that is dyed.
A clump
A few hairs sticking out twisted together
The word strand has more than one meaning. It can also refer to being left somewhere. All the people on Gilligan's Island were stranded.

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What are you doing if you "announce" that you got a new job?
Letting people know where you are going to be working
When you're making an announcement, you're giving everyone around you a piece of information. People that are shy or secretive don't announce things much.
Screaming at people
Lying
Being vague

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How difficult is to do do something "easy?"
Not difficult at all
The word "easy" comes from the word "ease," which means "freedom from difficult. I know this was an easy one. You're welcome.
Not very difficult
Kind of difficult
Really difficult

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If you "anticipate" something happening, will it?
For sure it will.
Probably
When you anticipate something happening, it means that you have reason to think it will. Don't count on it though until it actually does.
I doubt it.
No way

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If you "bestow" a gift to someone, what are you doing?
Giving it to them
The word "bestow" doesn't just have to do with giving someone a physical gift. It can also be when you bestow an honor on someone.
Taking it from them
Hiding it from them
Breaking it

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Who is most likely to be "flexible"?
A weightlifter
A football player
A gymnast
Of all the sports out there, being a gymnast might require the most flexibility. If you aren't flexible, you aren't going to go far as a gymnast!
A hockey player

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What are you doing it you are "replenishing" your glass of water?
Filling it
"Replenish" means to fill something up again or to restock something. In other words, if it wasn't full in the first place it can't be replenished.
Drinking it
Breaking it
Dumping it out

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If you feel "wrath," what do you feel?
Happiness
Anger
"Wrath" is one of those words that means intense anger, but does so in a cool way. Which is why movies and books use the word such as "Wrath of Khan" or "The Grapes of Wrath."
Fear
Sadness

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What do you put in a "cone?"
Ice cream
A cone is a shape with a circular base and sides tapering to a point. It is the perfect thing to put ice cream in.
Pizza
Candy
A cheeseburger

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What would you" inflate"?
A hot dog
A house
A car
A tire
You can also fill something with some sort of gas when you inflate something, but usually it is with air. You certainly wouldn't want inflate a house; it probably wouldn't be too stable.

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Which of these is a vehicle?
A truck
A vehicle is something that transports people or objects. You certainly wouldn't want to ride in a tree; it probably wouldn't work out that well.
A paint can
A newspaper
A tree

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How are you walking if you walk "gingerly?"
Randomly
Angrily
Carefully
While the word "ginger" usually means a spice or if you're thinking of slang someone with red hair "gingerly" means something different. If you do something gingerly, you're using a lot of care.
Stupidly

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What might a "chart" be used to check?
Your mouth
Your ears
Your eyes
A chart is always something visual that is used to display information. It can be as simple as something written out on a piece of paper or as complicated as something created on a computer to show millions of people.
Your feet

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How do you feel when you're "anguished?"
Really distressed
Anguish is a word that goes way beyond sad. If you're feel anguished, you're really freaked out and feel enormous stress or pain.
Really happy
Really dumb
Really tall

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If you have "plenty" of money, how much do you have?
None
Not enough
Almost as much as you need
As much as you need
If you have "plenty" of anything it means you have a full supply. You always might want more of something, but if you have plenty you don't need more.

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What food is a "delicacy?"
A cheeseburger
A burrito
A pizza
Caviar
Of course you might think a really good burrito is a delicacy, but you would probably be wrong. A delicacy is something that is the quality of being exquisitely fine in appearance.

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What are you doing if you "mumble?"
Make something difficult to hear
People that mumble occasionally are okay, we all do that. But when you know someone who mumbles all the time, it can be a pain. Speak up, will you?
Talk too loudly
Yell
Babble

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Which word means to move forward, and is also a season?
Spring
The word "spring" means to move forward by leaps and bounds.
Summer
Fall
Winter

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If you are "wary" of your partner cheating on you, what does that mean?
You hope your partner won't but you're cautious.
If you are wary of something, you're being careful because you're concerned something might happen. You would be wise to be wary walking down a dark alley at night.
You know your partner will cheat on you.
You know your partner won't cheat on you.
You have no idea what to think.

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If you "assert" something, what are you doing?
Saying it is false
Saying it is true
If you assert something, you are claiming it to be the truth. You might assert that there are aliens in the world, that you love your partner, or that you weigh 10 pounds less than you do. Some of these things might not be true, but you're asserting them all.
Nothing
Screaming at the top of your lungs

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What is something "plain?"
Something fancy
Something big
Something small
Something simple
Something plain doesn't mean that it is awful. Well, except in the case of donuts. Who eats plain donuts?

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How do you feel when you're "fatigued"?
Great!
Happy
Tired
Fatigue is when you lose energy from exercise or hard work. The cool thing about fatigue is that it is only temporary.
Energized

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How cool is something that is "awesome?"
Not cool at all
Kind of cool
Pretty cool
Totally cool
The word "awe" is a feeling of respect mixed with fear and wonder. So how cool is it to be awesome? So cool!

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