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:

Bushlips
A type of plant
A type of flower
Insincere political rhetoric

2 of 28Define:

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

3 of 28Define:

Not!
To tie something
An insect
An expression of disagreement

4 of 28Define:

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

5 of 28Define:

Morph
To change form
To throw up
An exoskeleton

6 of 28Define:

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

7 of 28Define:

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

8 of 28Define:

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

9 of 28Define:

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

10 of 28Define:

Y2K
A cross country race
millennium bug
The year 2000

11 of 28Define:

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

12 of 28Define:

9-11
A two hour window
Terrorist attacks that occurred on that date
A bigger 7-11

13 of 28Define:

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

14 of 28Define:

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

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:

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

17 of 28Define:

Plutoed
To have money
To be demoted or devalued
To be respected

18 of 28Define:

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

19 of 28Define:

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

20 of 28Define:

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

21 of 28Define:

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

22 of 28Define:

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

23 of 28Define:

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

24 of 28Define:

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

25 of 28Define:

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

26 of 28Define:

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

27 of 28Define:

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

28 of 28Define:

fake news
News that is ignored
News that is too graphic
Disinformation or falsehoods presented as real news
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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!