Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower by matching each of the words below to one of the multiple possible definitions.

Vocabulary Ratings
14-15 correct ………………….. excellent
12-13 correct ………………….. good
9-11 correct ………………….. fair

(1) gridlock A: computer error. B: immune reaction. C: traffic jam. D: wrestling move.

C: Traffic jam in which major intersections are blocked and vehicles are unable to move because of their excessive numbers, Combination of grid and lock.

(2) machismo {mack eez mo} A: leader. B: acuity. C: exaggerated manliness. D: aggression.

C: Exaggerated sense of manliness and the attitude that men should dominate; as, the machismo of the dictator. Spanish macho (male).

(3) yuppie A: tropical fish. B: young professional. C: fashion model. D: board game.

B: Young urban professional, viewed as upwardly mobile, trendy and affluent. Acronym.

(4) masterclass A: powerful group. B: top students. C: chess players. D: expert instruction.

D: Session in which a distinguished expert gives instruction, typically to advanced learners in a particular field.

(5) franglais {frahn glay} A: type of yoghurt. B: French use of English words. C: display of cool attachment. D: subtle banter.

B: French use of English words and expressions; for example, “une cover girl avec beaucoup de sex appeal.” Blend of Francois (“French”) and Anglais (“English”).

(6) neo-colonialism A. military invasion. B: exploitation of one country by another. C: territorial exploration. D: yearning for the past.

B: The current exploitation of one nation by another through economic and political pressures. Greek neo- (new) and English colonialism (acquisition of a colony).

(7) refusenik A: Soviet astronaut. B: rubbish tip. C: one refusing to co-operate. D: religious fanatic.

C: Person who refuses to co-operate; originally, a Soviet Jew refused permission to emigrate. From Latin refusus and Russian -nik.

(8) flexitime - system allowing A: planned holidays. B: routine exercise. C: variable work schedules. D: integration of lists.

C: System allowing employees variable work schedules. Combination of flexible and time.

(9) streetwise A: good navigator. B: careful with money. C: capable of dealing with danger. D: local-history expert.

C: Capable of dealing with dangerous situations or rough people, especially in big cities.

(10) stonewall A: to panic. B: be heavy-handed. C: insult. D: be uncooperative.

D: To be uncooperative or evasive; hinder. “He stonewalled the prosecuting lawyer.” From the immovability of a stone wall.

(11) glitch A: decorative knot. B: elf. C: malfunction. D: flash.

C: Malfunction; as, a glitch in the bank’s computers. Origin unknown.

(12) newspeak A: journalistic jargon. B: pidgin English. C: dialect. D: misleading language.

D: Deliberately misleading, ambiguous language, especially by government officials; for example, “negative growth in the economy.” Combination of new and speak. Coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984.

(13) glasnost A: democracy. B: restructuring. C: friendliness. D: openness.

D: Openness in the divulging and discussion of official policy ; specifically as a reform measure in the Soviet Union. Russian.

(14) plea bargain A: admission of a crime. B: wage negotiation. C: second chance. D: merciful decision.

A: Agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant who pleads guilty to a crime so as to receive a lighter sentence. From American legal usage.

(15) bionics - study of A: biology and technology. B: upper atmosphere. C: life in deep space. D: germs and viruses.

A: Study of biology and technology to help solve engineering problems. From biology and electronics.

(16) des res A: invitation requiring reply. B: table booking. C: nice house. D: computer term

C: House with many features attractive to prospective purchasers. Abbreviation of desirable residence.

(17) champagne socialist A: drunken revolutionary. B: hypocritical left-winger. C: cocktail. D: windbag politician.

B: Person with an extravagant lifestyle at odds with his/her professed socialism.

(18) camp A: outdoorsy. B: modern. C: exclusive. D: bizarre.

D: So affected and exaggerated as to be bizarre; effeminate; as, to decorate with camp furnishings. Origin uncertain.

(19) troika {troy kuh} A: Soviet bureaucrat. B: type of pastry. C: hang-gliding manoeuvre. D: group of three.

D: Any group of three, especially in a position of authority. Russian (a vehicle drawn by three horses abreast).

(20) big-bang theory -that which pertains to A: the universe's origin. B: an atomic explosion. C: humour. D: anger.

A: Assertion that the universe began about 15 billion years ago with a huge explosion of super-dense mass

Author: Robert

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