English Quiz: Words We All Misuse Edition!

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"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

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 May 22, 2018
1 of 22What does this word mean?
Travesty
A disaster or tragedy
A distorted, unpleasantly mutated version of something
2 of 22What does this word mean?
Reticent
Unwilling to speak or not forthcoming
Unenthusiastic or disinclined
3 of 22What does this word mean?
Regularly
Often or frequently
Predictably at regular intervals
4 of 22What does this word mean?
Refute
To prove something is false
To deny that something is true
5 of 22What does this word mean?
Prevaricate
To put off to a later date
To speak or act evasively
6 of 22What does this word mean?
Plethora
A lot of
Too much of
7 of 22What does this word mean?
Peruse
To read casually
To study in great detail
8 of 22What does this word mean?
Oblivious
Forgetful or lacking memory
Unaware or unconcerned
9 of 22What does this word mean?
Nonplussed
Perplexed or confounded
Unperturbed or unaffected
10 of 22What does this word mean?
Luxuriant
Characterized by luxury
Lush, overblown, or prolifically overabundant
11 of 22What does this word mean?
Loath
Unwilling
To dislike greatly
12 of 22What does this word mean?
Hone
To sharpen
To close in
13 of 22What does this word mean?
Grizzly
Gray-haired
Horrible
14 of 22What does this word mean?
Fortuitous
Happening by chance or luck
Happening by good luck
15 of 22What does this word mean?
Flout
To openly disregard
To show off
16 of 22What does this word mean?
Factoid
A fact which has no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper
A throwaway piece of trivia
17 of 22What does this word mean?
Electrocuted
To receive an electric shock
To be put to death or be injured by an electric current
18 of 22What does this word mean?
Disinterested
Bored, impervious, indifferent, or unemotional
Impartial, uninvolved, or unbiased
19 of 22What does this word mean?
Dilemma
A problem or a quandary
A choice between two alternatives
20 of 22What does this word mean?
Deprecate
To express disapproval or denounce
To reduce in value
21 of 22What does this word mean?
Bemused
Dazed, bewildered, or addled
Wryly amused
22 of 22What does this word mean?
Barter
Exchange one skill, commodity, or thing for another
Negotiate a cash price
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