Obsolete Words: Quiz

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Test your knowledge: Obsolete words

Obsolete words quizIsn’t it amazing how quickly our language changes? Today, we regularly use words that simply wouldn’t have been understood fifty years ago.

Even some words we might think of as relatively ‘modern’ are outdated. Do today’s children understand words and phrases like ‘cassette player ‘, ‘floppy disk’, ‘Netscape’, ‘typewriter’ or even ‘CD’?

Kids and teenagers laugh at our outmoded slang, just the same way we thought our parents’ language was outdated. Look at the wartime poster on the right- that only just makes sense to me. How many teengers today would understand the message?

So here are just a few words that you might (or might not) recognize. Test your own knowledge with the quiz below.



1)

What is a tantalus?



2)

What is a cruet?




3)

What is a tonsure?




4)

What is a skiff?



5)

What is a furphy?



6)

What is a counterpane?

 


7)

What is a scaramouch?



8)

What is a merrythought?




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4 Comments

  1. I only got two wrong… Now is that because I’m a Brit and like watching antiques programmes on the TV or is it because I’m a proofreader and have to look up ‘strange’ words all the time? I’ll let you judge… :0)

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  2. Hard or what! I can’t believe I got 6 right. Scaramouch foxed me because I thought of Queen’s lyrics “…scaramouch, scaramouch.” And then something to do with dancing the fandango!! LOL. Great fun.

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    • It was a trick question in a way, Gio. I thought people would think about the Queen song 🙂

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  3. That was quite fun, even if you did manage to find several words that were totally unfamiliar. A furphy? Really?

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