Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PRlady, Dec 4, 2012.
34,100, but, then again, I hopeless with languages.
27,200 and english is not my first language.
Last time I took an english class: 15 years since I finished highschool.
It did ask me .
I got 32,300. Some of those words are ridiculously obscure. Almost as bad as the Free Rice site can be.
33,800 and I was quite conservative in selecting the words from the column on the far right.
I got 34,100 and I knew a lot of the words but if I wasn't completely positive of more than one definition I left it blank.
37,600. There were a couple I probably could have figured out by breaking down word roots, but I left them blank.
Has anyone here ever played a game called Fictionary? You take turns being the "reader". You choose a word in the dictionary, which you think no one will know. You say and spell the word. Then the other players make up a definition for the word - trying to make it sound real. Then the "reader" reads all of the player's definitions and the real definition. You get a point for guessing the right answer in your definition, a point for guessing the correct read definition, a point for someone guessing your definition. It's fun! We played during the power outage. One of the players picked stylobate, not realizing all of the years of art history I had taken. They were rather surprised when they got my correct definition .
39,200. It pays to read a lot of well-written historical fiction, I guess.
You shall get no rodomontades from me about my conversance with recondite morphemes.
I don't like this game!
Did you copy-paste that from an ISU communication?
I can homologate that.
36,400. I guess I should be reading more 19th century fiction -- or have taken another year of Latin in high school. Uxoricide? For as unfortunately frequent a crime that seems to be, I have never encountered that word before. Fratricide, matricide, patricide, yes, but uxoricide? Never! Of course, I've never come across mariticide, either.
While the survey asked for my year of birth, gender, and whether I read fiction, it didn't ask about educational level attained.
ETA: Yes, that last column was !
I got 37,700 and was disappointed in myself. If I went back and gave myself more credit -- I said no on any word I wasn't really sure of -- I could have upped it a bit.
My BFF from high school who sent it to me, and who basically reads five books a week because she's a wealthy wife, was over 40,000. So yet again I am in competition with my oldest friend and lose.
Are similar tests available in other languages?
34,500. Somehow, I am perfectly ok with not knowing uxoricide or pretty much any of the latin words in the last category. I was laughing at how many words I did know from reading historical romances.
37,400 .. and yes, reading Georgette Heyer did help
I did the same. See where honesty gets us??
39,000. 2 years of Latin and Greek & Latin roots of English helped.
31,600 and I'm feeling quite stoopid. I don't read fiction at all (well, since required reading in college) so I'm thinking that hurt me. And the words that I thought I knew, I looked up and most of the time I was wrong. I used to be really good at vocabulary. I guess it's a use it or lose it thing, plus age =
Now see, if you read romance novels, you would have come across the word uxorious (doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one's wife) many times and it would have been easy to figure uxoricide out.
How odd that you weren't asked for educational attainment. I was asked how many years of college I had up to four, and then if I had gotten a degree after my bachelor's, with several options to choose from.
I still would have guessed something tangential, but wrong. Meh.
Considering that I only took a two year course during highschool I think it is a pretty good score.
I went back to the test to grab some of the words listed so that I could make a comment on the above about how we read different romance novels (because mine seem to have alot more sex words and alot less doting) and I checked none of the words on the first page. The second page had a whole bunch of simple words. So I continued, checking nothing. The third page asked me nothing more than the English as a first language question, age and sex. So it's modifying based on how you do on the first page.
I know strop from reading Barbara Cartland. It was one of those books where Beau Brummell was hanging out. It seems his toillette took a few hours, and I remember his manservant sharpening a razor on a strop. Too bad the test didn't have cravat, fustian, or ton. I would have scored higher.
I sent it around my organization today -- just the Americans, Brits, Canadians and Australians. The few people who replied were like, what the HELL were those words? Not a lot of romance novel readers in that crowd, I think.
So far I've outscored my colleagues which is good for my job security.