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Strange but Elegant Words Quiz: P

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,        D–E,        F–K,        L–M,        N–O.

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

  • Question /

    What is a puddle jumper?

    • A children’s playground game
    • A water-resistant pullover
    • A light aircraft used for short journeys
  • Question /

    Which word means “infested with lice”?

    • Pedicular
    • Pinguid
    • Pantagruelian
  • Question /

    What is paludism?

    • The ability to recall long passages having heard or read them once
    • Malaria
    • Suffering from night terrors
  • Question /

    Which word describes a flourish below one’s signature, usually to prevent forgery?

    • Paraph
    • Periapt
    • Pilgarlic
  • Question /

    What is a petcock?

    • Sculpture of a bird at the helm of a Viking longboat
    • A rum and tequila based cocktail popular among American sailors in Asia during WW2
    • A small valve to release pressure from a boiler
  • Question /

    Which word describes someone skilled in all kinds of work?

    • Panurgic
    • Pandemic
    • Pancreatic
  • Question /

    What is a peterman?

    • A cigar smoker
    • A kind of men’s coat popular between WW1 and WW2 in North America
    • A safebreaker
  • Question /

    What is presenteeism?

    • The compulsion to give presents to people immediately upon introduction
    • A condition where the patient is unaware of any past or future, and lives entirely in the present
    • The compulsion to spend longer at work than is required or to continue working despite illness

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