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The really tough English language quiz! Are you up for it?

Last updated on: January 30, 2014 14:23 IST

The really tough English language quiz! Are you up for it?

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These are words for simple everyday things. But do you know what they mean?

Serendipity is that happy chance of finding something pleasant while not looking for it and surreptitiousness is that sneaky secretive quality you absolutely hate about your colleague.

But have you ever heard of an aglet? Or a zarf?

Take this quiz and find out!

1. What is an aglet?
a. A tiny egg
b. The plastic at the end of a shoe lace
c. Realted to the aging process


Photographs: Illustration: Uttam Ghosh
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What is a ferrule?

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2. What is a ferrule?
a. A knob/point at the top of the umbrella that holds together the various stretchers
b. A rule that can be broken
c. A special kind of a ruler used to measure really tiny distances



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What is a punt?

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3. What is a punt?
a. The indentation at the bottom of a glass bottle (commonly found in wine bottles)
b. A technique in baseball
c. Someone who works hard



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What is petrichor?

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4. What is petrichor?
a. The thing that comes along with a petri dish
b. The time when the moon is at its brightest
c. The smell of the earth after the rains



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What is a zarf?

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5. What is a zarf?
a. A type of cup
b. The sleeve around a hot styrofoam coffee mug
c. The utensil used to heat milk



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Who is an ailurophile?

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6. Who is an ailurophile?
a. Someone who loves cats
b. Someone who loves dogs
c. Someone who loves elephants



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What is paresthesia?

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7. What is paresthesia?
a. A terminal disease of the nerves
b. That tingling feeling when a part of your body 'falls asleep'
c. That itching feeling that never goes




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What is defenestration?

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8. What is defenestration?
a. The act of lowering your defenses
b. The act of building up your defenses
c. The act of throwing of a person or thing out of a window



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What is barm?

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9. What is barm?
a. That foam formed on the top of beer
b. Another word for barn
c. The bubles of a champagne



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What is crapulous?

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10. What is crapulous?
a. Constipation
b. The feeling of discomfort when you are waiting in the toilet queue
c. That nauseating feeling you get from eating too much



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What is scroop?

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11. What is scroop?
a. The sound of the wind
b. The rustle of a silk garment
c. The sound of a car starting



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What is griffonage?

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12. What is griffonage?
a. An illegible scrawl
b. An orphanage for giraffes
c. The gait of a giraffe



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