Quiz: Test Your Old-Timey Vocabulary With This Quiz!
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Test Your Old-Timey Vocabulary With This Quiz!
By: Ariana Perez
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About This Quiz

Language has been the primary method of human communication throughout history. And as societies evolve and customs change, languages have been ever evolving and changing. 

Many of today's languages originate from common roots, including Latin and Greek, but the words sometimes lose their meaning as they travel from language to language. Have you ever heard of the expression “lost in translation”? It’s accurate. Just consider John F. Kennedy, who once mistakenly proclaimed in a speech that he was a jelly donut. Many words that originated in one language come to mean something completely different once they’ve gathered nuances from people, regions and such.

The English language is complicated, but it’s also funny. There are some great words that, for whatever reason, are no longer used today (but totally should be). Imagine how astute you would seem if you referred to jewelry as “bijoux”? Or if you referred to a fashionable and daring young man as a “buck”? Wouldn’t that be swell?

And perhaps you do use these words! If you are a fan of the English language who claims to know the dandiest ol’ English words, test your knowledge of old-timey vocabulary with this quiz! Prove that you are the cat's pajamas.

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If your reply to a question is “peradventure,” what are you basically saying?
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The hart, hind, hare, boar and wolf were known to be the “five wild beasts of venery.” What does “venery” mean?
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The rivers along the trade trails go through the snowy range ere they lead to the plains of China. What does “ere” mean?
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What does it mean, to be “fain”?
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If someone's statement is “bunkum,” what is the problem?
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What is an old-fashioned word for where you lay your head to rest at night?
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As a noun, what does “smite” mean?
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What does it mean to have “appetency”?
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In the sentence “She, I ween, is the daughter of the baker,” what does “ween” mean?
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Avaunt, once and for all! What does "avaunt" mean?
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If you were taken to the “bedlam,” where were you going?
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If your clothes are worth a “doit,” how much are they really worth?
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What is a “grimalkin”?
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If you were known to be a “gudgeon,” what were you?
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Hie, before they come and find you! What does “hie” mean?
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If you were a "magdalene," what was your place in society?
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If someone says an “orison,” what are they doing?
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“I was sent to speak old-timey words to you," quoth she. What does “quoth” mean?
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If you were going to a “taiga,” where were you going?
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“Zounds!,” said the officer. “How did this happen?” How was “zounds” used?
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If you were a “doxy,” what were you known to be?
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What does it mean when a woman is a “revolveress”?
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You should be present at your wife's accouchement. What does “accouchement” mean?
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If someone is a "bibliopole," they have a lot of knowledge about what?
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If you worked in a "caboose" that's not part of a train, where were you located?
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What is a “camelopard”?
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If you were a “damsel,” what were you?
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The dress was covered in fandangles. What does “fandangle” mean?
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If a woman is a "gammer," how old are they?
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Child, you better harken to me! What does “harken” mean?
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If you were described as a “leman,” what were you?
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If you are an “otiose” person, what do you like doing?
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