Friday, January 22, 2010

Vocabulary Quiz

by G.Parker

On our way back from St. George this past weekend, I was reading out loud to my hubby to pass the time. We were reading The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen. His language isn't so unusual, but a lot of the language he was quoting was from our founding fathers, and I thought it was interesting how our language has changed over the years. As writers, language is essential to our craft, so their use of words intrigued me. The way words have changed in regards to their meaning is also interesting.

Such as animated. In the book, he mentioned a quote that used animated in the same way we would now use excited, revved up, activated, in to, etc. We tend to think of animated with regard to movies, cartoons, and expressive facial features.

I thought it would be interesting to see how many of these words you were familiar with. Perhaps you could use them in your current vocabulary and intrigue (and frustrate) your friends.... Grin.

Exhortations --

debauched --

statuary --

nonentity --

indefatigable --

I'll be posting the definitions next week. Let's see how many you figured out and actually used in your daily conversations. 'Till then, write on!


L.T. Elliot said...

I don't use those in my daily conversations but I'll see if I can't change that this week. =]

Keith Fisher said...

I too use those words especially animated all the time. I have noticed, however, that my critique group corrects many of my words as too old. or old speech. especially when I use seventies words. I guess I show my age.