There is a long-standing myth, originally popularized by the book "The Female Brain," that women speak 20,000 words a day while men speak only 7,000. The truth, as proven by multiple studies debunking the myth, is that everyone speaks around 16,000 words a day, irrespective of gender. That means every day, whoever you are, there are 16,000 opportunities for you to use the words in this quiz - the only catch being that you have to know them and be able to use them correctly.
Language changes all the time, and words come and go, rising to peak popularity and then fading out of use. A few endure for centuries or even millennia. Some words will be uttered almost every day by the average person, who generally employs them correctly. Others, however, are commonly misused. Still more are simply obscure, perhaps because they are names for specialist objects or they have simply fallen out of fashion. This quiz contains a variety of words that may hail from any or all of these groups. That means only a true wordsmith and lover of the English tongue will be able to correctly identify or use all of them. Let's see if you are such a genius!