Quiz: Do You Know The Meaning Of Every "Word Of The Year" Since 1990?

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Do you know words for years?!

How well do you know the definition of every "word of the year" since 1990? Take this quiz to find out!

 Dec 21, 2018

1 of 28Define:

Insincere political rhetoric
A type of plant
A type of flower

2 of 28Define:

Mother of all
Eve (from the Bible)
The most impressive

3 of 28Define:

To tie something
An insect
An expression of disagreement

4 of 28Define:

Information superhighway
A highway of only smart cars
A highway with several lanes
A network linking electronic means of communication

5 of 28Define:

To change form
To throw up
An exoskeleton

6 of 28Define:

To make aggressive changes as a newcomer
A type of vegetable
A fig

7 of 28Define:

Soccer mom
A soccer player
A go-getter
Newly significant type of voter

8 of 28Define:

Millennium bug
An illness that hits Millennials
A millipede
Bug that causes computers to think that the year after 1999 is 1900

9 of 28Define:

Short for “electric"
Short for “electronic”
Short for “eventful"

10 of 28Define:

The year 2000
A cross country race
millennium bug

11 of 28Define:

A skin tag
A small scrap of paper punched from a voting card
A personality trait

12 of 28Define:

Terrorist attacks that occurred on that date
A two hour window
A bigger 7-11

13 of 28Define:

Weapons of mass disease
Warriors of mass destruction
Weapons of mass destruction

14 of 28Define:

A woman interested in a man
Fashion-conscious heterosexual male
A person who loves to ride the subway

15 of 28Define:

Red/blue/purple states
Northern, southern and midwestern states
Coastal, mountainous and desert states
Republican, Democrat and Swing states

16 of 28Define:

What one wishes to be the truth regardless of the fact
A lie
A truth that's too hard to hear

17 of 28Define:

To be respected
To be demoted or devalued
To have money

18 of 28Define:

A cheaper brand of paint
Lower than street level
Less than ideal loan, mortgage, or investment

19 of 28Define:

A person who puts up money to get out of jail
Emptying water from a sink
The rescue by the government of companies on the brink of failure

20 of 28Define:

The opposite of sour
A noise a bird makes
a short message sent via the Twitter.com

21 of 28Define:

Short for "appliance"
A job application
Application program for a computer or phone operating system

22 of 28Define:

To move something
Referring to the Occupy protest movement
Moving to another area

23 of 28Define:

A piece of paper that shows the price of something
The pound sign on a phone's keypad
used on Twitter to mark a topic or make a commentary

24 of 28Define:

An expression of agreement
To agree with a decision
Introducing a part of speech ("because Jesus," "because wine")

25 of 28Define:

Hashtag used as protest over blacks killed by disease
Hashtag used as protest over blacks killed at the hands of the government
Hashtag used as protest over blacks killed at the hands of police

26 of 28Define:

A person who exhibits an extreme love of nature
A person who exhibits an extreme love of cleaning
A person who exhibits an extreme love of firearms

27 of 28Define:

dumpster fire
A small controlled fire
an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation
To get sick from a bad meal

28 of 28Define:

fake news
News that is ignored
Disinformation or falsehoods presented as real news
News that is too graphic
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Would you describe yourself as a wordsmith? Are you an English language aficionado? Are you well versed? Do you love the written word? Do you have what some would consider a vast vocabulary? Do you sometimes use words that people don't readily understand? Do you engage in wordplay on a regular basis? Have you been following all the Words of Year since 1990? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then take this quiz to see how your brain processes your understanding of the English language and see how well you score!

The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or phrase that reflects the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year and may become part of the lexicon permanently! Yes, some of the words and phrases here are commonly used. In fact, you may use them every day, but do you know what they really mean? Only time will tell—let's see just how well you do on this fun but challenging quiz!

We've given you eighteen tough questions. If you guess them correctly, congratulations, your genius for words indeed off the charts. You'll be crowned an English language champion with a knack for proper grammar! If you don't do so well, then you may want to go back to the drawing board, crack open a book or take a few classes to brush up on your language skills. So, sit back, relax and find out which side of the vocabulary fence you're on! Good luck!