Quiz of The Week : Words That We Think Are Wrong Hossein Mofidi
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Words That We Think Are Wrong
Reactions to misused word in a language are different among people. Some people really disapprove of using words in the wrong place and time and some are the ones who play fast and loose with language. Here we have some words which may not have the definition you have in your mind. Let's check the out!
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I will come to you "first or firstly"?
Yes, "firstly" is acceptable
No, "firstly is Not acceptable
Question 1 Explanation:
Ordinal numbers are both adjectives and adverbs. We can also make other forms of adverbs like firstly, secondly and thirdly.
What is a "nibbling"?
A way of talking about our siblings without mentioning their gender
A way of referring to our nieces and nephews without mentioning their gender
A tiny piece of something
Question 2 Explanation:
Uhum.. I did not know that either.
Is "darkle" a real dictionary word or people made it of "sparkle and dark"?
Made up word
Question 3 Explanation:
"Darkle" is a real word. Stephen king used it in his series. It means become dark or gloomy.
Wrong or right: Crapulence means bad feeling after a night of eating too much.
Question 4 Explanation:
It is a regular and normal word people can use for the feeling they get in the morning after eating or drinking too much at night.
Niggardly looks like "nigger" but it means:
This is a bad word for black dark skinned people.
Question 5 Explanation:
It is not a negative word. It is a completely acceptable word people use.
How do they pronounce mischievous?
Question 6 Explanation:
Although, Americans say it the second way, /mɪstʃəvəs/ is correct.
Which is right?
Question 7 Explanation:
Anyways is old or middle English. Be modern!
Does the word "cabotage" come from "cabbage and sabotage"?
Question 8 Explanation:
Nothing to do with them! Cabotage is a kind of transportation of people and things along the coastal line of a country.
"Regardless" ok. How about "irregardless"?
It is not a real word.
It is a dictionary word.
It is a word with a different meaning.
Question 9 Explanation:
Actually it means "portmanteau". Maybe you can find the word "irregardless" with its new meaning in some newly updated dictionaries, but Merriam-Webster's advice is different.
Do they say a "moot" point or a "mute" point?
A "moot" point
A "mute" point
Question 10 Explanation:
A moot point is a point that is unimportant and irrelevant.
A mixture of "agitation" and "confusion" is ….
Question 11 Explanation:
"Flustrated or frustered" are not real words. You can feel either "frustrated" or "flustered" only!
According to Americans, in a desert, you should be able to "orient" yourself or "orientate" yourself?
Question 12 Explanation:
Both are correct English, but Americans prefer "orient".
"Potentiometer" is …
A made-up word
A thing to measure you potential
A voltage divider
Question 13 Explanation:
It is a tool, but for measuring your potential!
Once Mr. Bush, a former president of the U.S, used the word "misunderestimate" in his 2000 presidential campaign. Is this word standard English?
Yes, after all in such formal times and places, one must be careful to speak correctly
No, It was completely wrong!
Question 14 Explanation:
Uhum..You can use "underestimate", "overestimate" but not "misunderstimate". A former politician used it, but it does not mean it was correct.
Which one is right?
Both are correct
Question 15 Explanation:
Both are correct "towards" is British English and "toward" is American.
Can we use "differently" instead of "different"?
Yes, we can see it in an advertisement: Think different
No, They have different meanings.
Question 16 Explanation:
"Think different" ad cannot change the way a language is spoken standardly. "Different" is an adjective, "differently" is an adverb.
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