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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.

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Twelve Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #6

Marsha-Thinking-Cap-200Many of the words I chose are from The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer.

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. ~ Proverbs 2:10-11 (NIV)

  1. alexia – a) automated procedure; b) written material;  c) respiratory condition; d) architectural detail
  2. clerestory – a) type of window; b) cleric’s quarters; c) talkative; d) clearing house
  3. echopraxia – a) practice of echocardiograms; b) uncontrollable mimicking; c) art of yodeling; d) military maneuver
  4. glaciate – a) freeze; b) sink; c) glad-handing; d) make wide at the bottom
  5. lentiginous – a) contentious; b) freckled or speckled; c) liable; d) originating in a certain region
  6. maculate – a) impure; b) manly; c) eye condition; d) sterile or clean
  7. nobby – a) light-hearted; b) boney; c) pimple-faced; d) fashionable
  8. osculate – a) rotate; b) kiss; c) debate; d) insert breathing tube
  9. potable — a) able to be transported; b) plants that grow best in pots; c) type of Irish potato; d) fit or suitable for drinking
  10. rip-rap – a) lower class; b) material used to protect a slope; c) type of sail; d) brand of of bubble wrap
  11. salariat – a) employees; b) a lasso expert; c) toastmaster; d) dental suction tool
  12. tuft-hunter – a) upholsterer; b) furrier; c) hanger-on; d) hound dog

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

    The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools. The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~ Proverbs 16:21-24 (NIV)

    Here are the correct answers.

    1. b) written material
    2. a) type of window
    3. b) uncontrollable mimicking
    4. a) freeze
    5. b) freckled or speckled
    6. a) impure
    7. d) fashionable
    8. b) kiss
    9. d) fit or suitable for drinking
    10. b) material used to protect a slope
    11. a) employees
    12. c) hanger-on

      Jumping for joy over your score?

      10-12  Did you spend your entire childhood alone in your room reading the Oxford English Dictionary?

      07-09  Many of your friends just pretend to know what you’re talking about.

      04-06  You’re a better guesser than most.

      00-03  You are monosyllabic like me.


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      12 Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #4

      Marsha-Thinking-Cap-200If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. ~ James 1:5 (NIV)

      Much of this vocabulary quiz is based on The Thinker’s Thesaurus by Peter E. Meltzer.

      1. ag-a-tho-kak-o-log-i-cal:  A) mysterious; B) composed of both good and evil; C) study of marble; D) fear of thinking
      2. ben-i-son:  A) blessing; B) wild game; C) acting in unison; D) bully
      3. doo-lal-ly: A) lazy; B) temporarily deranged; C) hard worker; D) politician
      4. foo-zle: A) spilling over; B) pool toy; C) botched golf shot; D) island hut
      5. hal-lux:  A) toxin; B) loud shout or scream; C) big toe; D) hallway in Scottish castle
      6. jack-boot-ed: A) raised up; B) shoddy house wiring C) stolen; D) ruthlessly oppressive
      7. mull-i-grubs:  A) think over; B) sulkiness; C) weed patch; D) worm farm
      8. nyc-ta-lo-pia: A) addiction; B) care of newborn babies; C) night blindness; D) covered with scales
      9. ob-nu-bi-late: A) abdicate; B) becloud; C) advocate;  D) predict
      10. pil-gar-lic: A) strong tasting plant related to onion; B) with columns; C) far-reaching; D) bald head
      11. sciolism: A) social ineptness; B) limping; C) temperamental; D) pretentious superficially
      12. thrall-dom: A) held in bondage; B) fascinated; C) beautiful; D) flattery

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

      The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15 (NIV)

      Answers:

      1. B) composed of both good and evil
      2. A) blessing
      3. B) temporarily deranged
      4. C) botched golf shot
      5. C) big toe
      6. D) ruthlessly oppressive
      7. B) sulkiness
      8. C) night blindness
      9. B) becloud
      10. D) bald head
      11. D) pretentious superficially
      12. A) held in bondage

      For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV)

      Happy with your score?

      • 10-12  Well, la de dah!
      • 07-09  Okay, so you’re pretty smart, huh?
      • 04-06  I bet you got to the third round in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
      • 00-03  Call me sometime. We can practice our one syllable words.

       


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      12 Words for a Thinker’s Vocabulary #3

      Marsha-Thinking-Cap-200

      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)

      Answers:

      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.