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Language Quiz: Weird English Words

You might feel that you're the king or queen of the English language when using common words or phrases, but how well do you think you'd do when trying to decipher some of the strangest words and phrases that this fabulous language has to offer? This quiz will test your knowledge of some of the weirdest words that you'll ever come across. Give it a try, and see how many you can get right!
 
'mouse potato' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual phrase mean?
Someone who spends a lot of time using a PC.
A very small type of potato.
A fool.
'saucier' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A sauce chef.
A large wooden spoon.
An extramarital affair.
'lycanthropy' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
Transforming into a werewolf.
The study of light.
The hatred of lies.
'argle-bargle' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
Copious but meaningless talk or writing.
The sound a seagull makes.
An annoying cellphone ringtone.
'bindlestiff' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A homeless person.
A knapsack.
A strong alcoholic drink.
'skycap' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
An airport porter.
A pillow to be used on an airplane.
A tall kind of hat.
'uniped' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
An animal or person with only one leg.
A car with only one wheel.
A school for adult education.
'zoolatry' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
The worship of animals.
A bathroom for animals.
The study of evolution.
'wittol' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A man who tolerates his wife's infidelity.
A rare strain of rabies.
A statue made of brass.
'winebibber' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A heavy drinker.
A winemaker.
A person who dislikes wine.
'pollex' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A thumb.
A tissue.
A wristwatch.
'peterman' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
Someone who breaks open and robs safes.
A fisherwoman's husband.
An astronaut.
'noctambulist' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A sleepwalker.
A night-shift worker.
A clockmaker.
'natation' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
Swimming.
Childbirth.
Studying.
'ogdoad' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A group or set of eight.
A cave-dweller.
An old piece of parchment.
'eucatastrophe' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A happy ending to a story.
The end of the world.
A revolution.
'ecdysiast' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A striptease performer.
A master pianist.
A trainee priest.
'xenology' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
The scientific study of extraterrestrial phenomena.
The scientific study of racial violence.
The scientific study of sheep.
'donkeyman' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A man working in a ship's engine room.
An unskilled laborer.
A Jack-of-all-trades.
'criticaster' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
A minor or incompetent critic.
A powerful wizard.
The captain of a cricket team.
'blind pig' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual phrase mean?
Somewhere where alcoholic drinks are sold illegally.
Someone who believes their own lies.
A combine harvester.
'toplofty' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual adjective mean?
Arrogant or haughty.
Top heavy.
Powerful or influential.
'cereology' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
The investigation or study of crop circles.
The practice of cereal farming.
The science of creating cocktails.
'rhinoplasty' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
Plastic surgery of the nose.
The study of prehistoric animals.
The study of African plants.
'apple-knocker' on formal background
 
 
What does this unusual noun mean?
An ignorant or unsophisticated person.
A vegan.
A green grocer.
The Novice of Weird Words
writing on chalk board
 
Oh dear! It seems as though you're not entirely familiar with some of the strangest words and phrases that the English language has to offer. There's no need to stress though, since nobody really uses these words too often anyway... However, if you want to go through your answers to further expand your vocabulary, then simply scroll down and go through them one at a time. If you enjoyed this quiz, then don't forget to share it with your friends and family to see how they fare!
The Warrior of Weird Words
female viking warrior
 
Nice job! While you didn't exactly pass this quiz with flying colors, you got more than enough questions right to prove that you're pretty smart when it comes to working out the meaning of some of the English language's most peculiar words and phrases. Give yourself a pat on the back, you've earned it! If you enjoyed this quiz, then don't forget to share it with your friends and family to see how they fare!
The Sultan of Strange Sayings
king signing royal decree
 
Congratulations! Your outstanding result proves that your mastery of the English language knows no bounds, especially when it comes to some of the weirdest words and phrases that have been coined over the years. Well, either that or you're just extremely lucky! If you've got some spare time on your hands, you might want to try writing a poem or two, since you've certainly got an extensive vocabulary to back up such a creative hobby. Don't forget to share this quiz with your friends and family to see if they're anywhere near as eloquent as you are!
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