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QUIZ: Strange but Elegant Words, F – K

This is the latest in our occasional series of quizzes 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! 🙂

Earlier quizzes in this series: Strange but Elegant Words A–C, Strange but Elegant Words, D – E.

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

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    What is a famulus?

    • A magician’s assistant
    • A teller of epic tales
    • A genealoger
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    The habit of reckoning things to be worthless is…

    • Futzing
    • Frondeurism
    • Floccinaucinihilipilification
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    If someone or something is fugacious, it is…

    • Very smoky
    • Fleeting
    • Disturbed by a foreign accent
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    What is a funambulist?

    • Someone who takes young children for a walk
    • Someone who enjoys walking
    • A tightrope walker
  • Question of

    Another word for a boil

    • A furuncle
    • A futhark
    • A flocculence
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    What are galligaskins?

    • The thick pendulous lips of a bloodhound
    • Mouthpieces of a recorder or similar wind instrument
    • Loose breeches worn in the 17th century
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    Another word for extravagant boasting

    • A gasconade
    • A pierrois
    • A napoleonisme
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    What is the hallux?

    • The piece of cartilage at the top of the ear
    • The point of the elbow
    • The big toe
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    A term for a mixture of sand and gravel, used especially in road-building

    • Haruspex
    • Hoggin
    • Guddle
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    What is a hongi?

    • Tribal gathering of Siberian nomads
    • A clapping of the feet done by Spanish Gypsy women to accompany flamenco music
    • Maori greeting of touching noses
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    Another word for to thicken or congeal

    • To impallitate
    • To inspoculate
    • To inspissate
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    What is a karateka?

    • Someone who performs karate
    • A shaman who expels an imaginary illness
    • A breed of toy dog with a fine, curly white coat
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    An alternative term for a boomerang

    • A kirstie
    • A kylie
    • A sheelagh


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