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From the Latin verb "lucubrare", meaning, "to work by lamplight",
lucubration is typically used for what kind of work?
a. Intense study
b. Deep conversation
c. Mechanical repair
d. Yard work and formwork
The original dog-and-pony show was a circus act, which often was
based on a "one-trick pony". What, typically, is a dog-and-pony show today?
a. A comedy routine
b. A fashion runway
c. A sales presentation
d. A TV pundit debate
Used in Catholic confessions, what does "mea culpa" mean in
a. Not in my right mind
b. Through my fault
c. Forgive me
d. Caught in the act
Many would disagree, but if you were to describe George W Bush as
flagitious, what are you saying about him?
a. He openly breaks the rules
b. He beats himself up over his mistakes
c. He is scandalously villainous
d. He enjoys being whipped
Terpsichore was one of the Muses, and today something terpsichorean
refers to what artistic act?
c. Writing poetry
d. Playing music
Somebody empty-headed and dull might be vapid, but what did "vapid"
refer to originally?
The adjective "mantic" comes from the Greek word "mantis", as in
the praying mantis insect, and is used in the suffix "-mancy". What is something that is mantic?
If you are railing, you're attacking something with harsh language.
If you are using raillery instead, what are you doing?
a. Praising it excessively
b. Poking good-natured fun at it
c. Complimenting it in a backhanded way
d. Comparing its pros and cons
Climacteric can also refer specifically to menopause or to ripening
fruit. What does the adjective mean generally?
a. Something that tastes good
b. Something religious
c. Something that is a major turning point
d. Something that is dangerous
Something hackneyed is unoriginal. But what is a hackney?
a. A taxi driver
b. A game in which a bag is tossed with the feet
c. A horse for riding or driving
d. An unqualified journalist
Rhythms is the longest word without any of the standard five
vowels. What letter acts as a vowel in "rhythms"?
Evacuate, vacation, vacancy, vacuum and vacuous all come the Latin
adjective "vacare". What does that adjective mean?
Provoke, evoke, revoke, equivocate, vociferous and vocation all
comes the Latin verb "vocare". What does it mean?
a. To think
b. To debate
c. To call
d. To work
Nouns, verbs ... easy stuff. But which kind of word is "which"?
The longest isogram in which all the letters are in alphabetical
order is aegilops. What is an aegilops?
a. A genus known as goat grass
b. A lozenge-shaped shield
c. A hair in the ear or nose
d. A rhetorical device
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