Pol­ished Prose

How well versed are you in words about words?

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Brain Power - BY BETH SHILLIBEER

1. oxy­moron n. – A: newly coined term. B: slang term for Oxford stu­dents. C: com­bi­na­tion of con­tra­dic­tory words.

2. eponym n. – A: per­son for whom some­thing is named. B: pair of rhyming words. C: ob­so­lete term.

3. ana­gram n. – A: nick­name. B: word made by re­order­ing let­ters in an­other. C: phrase etched on an ob­ject.

4. cru­civer­bal­ist n. – A: lit­er­ary critic. B: au­thor of nov­els. C: crossword puz­zle en­thu­si­ast.

5. mal­a­prop­ism n. – A: mis­use of a word sim­i­lar to the one in­tended. B: pla­gia­rism. C: bad news put bluntly.

6. tau­to­phonic adj. – A: of pho­netic lan­guage in­struc­tion. B: com­posed of repet­i­tive sounds. C: con­tain­ing silent con­so­nants.

7. eu­phemism n. – A: po­lite term for an awk­ward sub­ject. B: adopted for­eign term. C: word with a fem­i­nine con­no­ta­tion.

8. ex­ple­tive n. – A: cut out dur­ing a re­vi­sion. B: in­struc­tional text. C: ex­claimed swear word.

9. ep­i­thet n. – A: word that uses all the vow­els. B: ad­jec­tive of de­gree. C: de­scrip­tive phrase used with or in­stead of a name.

10. acro­nym n. – A: deroga­tory term. B: ab­bre­vi­a­tion formed from the ini­tial let­ters of words. C: pen name.

11. al­lit­er­a­tion n. – A: use of po­etic lan­guage in prose. B: start­ing two or more words with the same con­so­nant. C: de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion.

12. et­y­mol­ogy n. – A: de­ci­pher­ing of hi­ero­glyphs. B: ori­gin and his­tory of a word. C: study of ac­cents.

13. lo­gogram n. – A: trade­marked slo­gan. B: sin­gle-word term. C: sym­bol that rep­re­sents a word or a phrase.

14. lex­i­cog­ra­pher n. – A: cre­ator of car­toon cap­tions. B: text­book writer. C: dic­tionary editor.

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