A CHRISTMAS CAROL WORD POWER
A Dickens Christmas evokes roasted chestnuts, ghostly visitors and descriptive language. Try this quiz made up of words from A Christmas Carol to find out if you have the gift for Victorian vocabulary.
1. avarice—A: extreme desire for material wealth. B: vermin. C: clove-studded orange.
2. ruddy—A: steering mechanism on a boat. B: widow younger than 30. C: red or reddish.
3. hob—A: metal shelf at the side of a fireplace. B: naughty child. C: surface upon which a blacksmith pounds iron.
4. lamentation—A: process by which milk becomes cheese. B: expression of regret or sadness. C: singing and making merry.
5. irresolute—A: under poor financial management. B: abrasive. C: uncertain and hesitant.
6. negus—A: hot spiced port drink. B: fortune teller. C: evil spirit.
7. relinquish—A: reattach. B: reduce by boiling. C: give up.
8. boisterous—A: able to float. B: noisy and energetic.
C: light and springy. 9. sexton—A: church caretaker. B: navigational instrument for measuring altitudes. C: sixth note in a musical scale.
10. shun—A: avoid or reject. B: cobbler’s hammer. C: peel away.
11. slipshod—A: chest where summer clothing is kept during winter. B: carelessly done. C: clad in light shoes.
12. legatee—A: ballroom dance in two-four time. B: stewed mutton dish. C: recipient of a legacy.
13. curtsy—A: formal greeting gesture made by bending the knees. B: flowered cotton fabric.
C: rude demeanour.
14. cupola—A: Victorian clapping game. B: small structure on a roof. C: drinking vessel made from a sheep’s horn.
15. solemnize—A: mark an occasion with celebration or ritual. B: assume a sombre attitude. C: blaspheme.