Category: Competitions and quizzes

misquotations

Quiz: quotation or misquotation?

“I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.” So said the gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey in Dorothy L Sayers’ Have His Carcase (1932) – providing us with a handy quotation. But before you start believing everything you hear, make sure you know whether or not a quotation was actually said. […]

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Bonfire Night words

Bonfire Night: which word did you burn?

Which words do you really hate? It’s Bonfire Night in the United Kingdom on 5 November. This celebration’s origins may seem curious to the rest of the world – why do we celebrate the anniversary of an attempted regicide? – but it’s a good excuse for fireworks and bonfires. Traditionally an effigy of Guy Fawkes […]

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musicals

Quiz: can you match the lyrics to the musical?

Whether or not you’re able to be a regular attendee at Broadway shows or buy the soundtracks, there are plenty of phrases you’ll be able to identify from the lyrics of hit musicals. Take our quiz to see if you can match the lyrics to the musical.

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September WOTD quiz

Vocabulary quiz: how well do you know September’s Words of the Day?

Habitus, balayage, Wissenschaft: do you know what these words mean? Test your knowledge with our September Word of the Day quiz. Not yet signed up to our free Word of the Day service? Click here to receive your daily word. 

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Shakespeare adaptations

Quiz: film adaptations of Shakespeare

There have been dozens of films adapted from Shakespeare’s plays, but some are trickier to recognize than others. Take our quiz and see if you can match the movie to the play – and let us know how you do!   William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the […]

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Shakespearean heroines

Which of Shakespeare’s heroines are you?

Are you a witty Beatrice or a wicked Lady Macbeth? More like Viola or Desdemona? Take our quiz to find out which of Shakespeare’s heroine you are – though we don’t advise that you necessarily live your life accordingly.   William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest […]

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Oxford English Dictionary OED obsolete words quiz

Can you define these obsolete words?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a great source for finding fun, obsolete words. Do you, for instance, know what a lorthew is? Or what it means to be muckibus? Take this quiz and prove you’re a true logophile. Follow the OED on Twitter to learn more weird and wonderful words.

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How good is your South African English?

How good is your South African English?

We’ve tested your knowledge of British English, American English, and Australian English – but how good is your South African English? You might know the word lekker or have heard the melodious toot of a vuvuzela, or have discovered that just now and now-now don’t really mean ‘now’… but how far does your knowledge of […]

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