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Quiz: Strange but Elegant Words, D – E

This fun quiz is all about strange but elegant English words. Sometimes I’ll give you a definition, and let you choose the right word; and sometimes I’ll give you a word and let you choose the definition. Let us know how you get on! 🙂

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Data correct per Oxford Dictionaries. Cover image: Public domain.

  • Question of

    What does “to degust” mean?

    • To taste food or drink carefully
    • To vomit
    • To discuss distasteful matters
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    Which word means “clockwise or in the direction of the sun’s course”?

    • Dight
    • Deasil
    • Divagate
  • Question of

    What is a discobolus?

    • A disc jockey
    • A person skilled in the art of dinner-table conversation
    • A discus thrower
  • Question of

    What does “disenthral” mean?

    • Awaken from a dream
    • Set free from enslavement
    • Come down from a drug-induced high
  • Question of

    Which term means an interpreter for travellers in the Near East?

    • A dragoman
    • A deedy
    • A deipnosophist
  • Question of

    Who or what is a dwaal?

    • In Germanic mythology, a member of a race living underground
    • A dreamy, absent-minded state
    • Someone born with an extra digit on hands or feet
  • Question of

    Another term for a a striptease performer?

    • Divagator
    • Decubitionist
    • Ecdysiast
  • Question of

    What does “effable” mean?

    • Able to be described in words
    • Given to swearing
    • Polite and gracious
  • Question of

    Another word for blushing

    • Dariolary
    • Divarication
    • Erubescence
  • Question of

    What is the meaning of “emmetropia”?

    • Perfect vision
    • Inability to judge distances, weights, etc.
    • Severe nausea
  • Question of

    Which of the following means “the eating of insects”?

    • Doryphory
    • Entomophagy
    • Deracination
  • Question of

    What is the meaning of “emacity”?

    • Cosy and comfortable
    • Tendency to thinness
    • Fondness for buying things
  • Question of

    What is an Eucatastrophe?

    • The end of Europe as we know it
    • Brexit
    • A happy ending


What do you think?

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  1. Well either Virily or I did it again. I got 12 out of 13 but when I wanted to continue my comment Virily disappeared and went back to its previous page. The on that I missed was number 12 as the word “emacity” strangely resembles the french word « émacié » which in French means very skinny almost to the bones. OK I lied, some of the them I googled… but I did not lie about number 12.

    • Well done, however you achieved it! We also have that word ’emaciated’ in English, same as émacié, but they are from a different Latin root than emacity, which comes from emō = I buy. Émacié, on the other hand, comes from Latin macer = thin, whence also maigre.