Clarice James

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Twelve Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #7

Many of the words I chose are from The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. ~ Pslam 111:10 (NIV)

  1. apothegm – a) saying; b) growth on throat;  c) respiratory condition; d) architectural detail
  2. codswallop – a) British fish and chips; b) backhand; c) nonsense; d) swallow whole
  3. deflagration – a) slander; b) explosion; c) mass migration; d) corporal punishment
  4. harpocracy – a) berating; b) silence c) glad-handing; d) fear of harps
  5. keelhaul – a) rebuke; b) drill a doorknob hole; c) climb aboard; d) shuck shellfish
  6. mobocracy – a) agility; b) political control by a mob;) of robotic limbs; d) type of poem
  7. neoteric – a) lighthearted; b) self-centered; c) genius; d) recent
  8. ostreal – a) of or relating to oysters; b) night sky; c) of or relating to ostriches; d) unfathonable
  9. pleonasm – a) stinginess; b) type of political lobby; c) legal pleadings; d) redundancy
  10. rataplan – a) caste system; b) zuchini and tomatoe sidedish; c) repeating noise; d) type of roof shingle
  11. smellfungas – a) wine taster; b) faultfinder; c) mushroom tester; d) person with huge nose
  12. ulracrepidarian – a) presumptuous; b) liberal; c) delusional; d) unkempt

thinking capHave you chosen the correct definition? Can you use the words in a sentence? Scroll down to see how you did.

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. ~ Proverbs 3:13-20 (NIV)

Here are the correct answers.

  1. a) saying
  2. c) nonsense
  3. b) explosion
  4. b) silence
  5. a) rebuke
  6. b) political control by a mob
  7. d) recent
  8. a) of or relating to oysters
  9. d) redundancy
  10. c) repeating noise
  11. b) faultfinder
  12. a) presumptuous

Jumping for joy over your score?

10-12  So, I see you enjoy being an introvert and book worm.

07-09  People only pretend to know what you’re talking about.

04-06  You might not want to try out for Jeopardy.

00-03  If I were you, I’d stick with Word Search puzzles.


12 Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #3


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Psalm 1:7 (NIV)

This vocabulary quiz is based on The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer.

  1. a-nile:  A) yellowing; B) senile; C) type of cat; D) fussy
  2. bos-ky:  A) musty; B) pushy; C) woody; D) bulky
  3. con-a-tion: A) type of flower; B) motivation; C) tarnation; D) trickery
  4. frab-jous: A) joyous; B) chubby jowls; C) difficult; D) pliable
  5. gon-iff: A) gun moll; B) sexually transmitted disease; C) English bakery; D) pianist
  6. ir-re-frag-a-ble:  A) untouchable; B) irresistible; C) unquestionable; D) broken beyond repair
  7. jo-cos-i-ty: A) joke; B) curiosity; C) warmth;  D) predictable
  8. par-o-no-ma-sia: A) sleep deprivation; B) umbrella manufacturing; C) magic trick; D) pun
  9. re-lict: A) change of mind; B) condense; C) artifact; D) widow
  10. sa-pi-ent: A) saturated; B) wise; C) type of snake; D) overweight
  11. wag-gish: A) stout; B) limping; C) temperamental; D) witty
  12. zeph-yr:  A) gemstone; B) a slight wind; C) hot air balloon; D) clown-mobile

Have you circled the correct answers? But can you use them in a sentence? Scroll down to see how you did.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  ~ 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)


  1. B) senile
  2. C) woody
  3. B) motivation
  4. A) joyous
  5. A) gun moll
  6. C) unquestionable
  7. A) joke
  8. D) pun
  9. D) widow
  10. B) wise
  11. D) witty
  12. B) a slight wind

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. ~ Proverbs 2:10 (NIV)

Happy with your score?

  • 10-12  Yikes! I’m glad I’m not conversing with you.
  • 07-09  I imagine you would do well on Jeopardy.
  • 04-06  It must be agony for you to watch TLC.
  • 00-03  Call me sometime. We can practice our one syllable words.