Words My Kindle Taught Me: The Quiz
I’ve talked about this before, but I thought it would be fun to set it up as a little quiz.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised that I use the Kindle’s onboard dictionary as much as I do.
After all, at one point I’d read a dictionary cover to cover. Just for fun, when I was younger…I think it was an unabridged Random House, as I recall.
However, I certainly haven’t retained it all over time. :)
So, I actually enjoy it when the Kindle can define a word for me that I can’t define. I sometimes recognize the word, but it’s always been a rule in my house that you can’t use a word in a word game (like Scrabble or Boggle) if you can’t define it.
It tends to happen when I’m either reading some older (pre-1930s, I’d say) or something translated. It may also be specialized vocabulary…I’m running into quite a few sailing terms while reading Riddle of the Sands by Robert Erskine Childers.
A lot of regular readers know I used to manage a bookstore. I also used to manage a game store (I’ve mentioned that before, I think).
Let’s make this a game. I’m going to give you a word I looked up in the Kindle dictionary, and give you three definitions…one true, three false. Pick which one you think it is. I’m also going to rewrite the definition, so they are all in a similar style. I’ll update the post later with the answers.
How do you think you did?
You can check the post in a few days for the answers (please don’t look them up before answering the polls). If you are reading this on your Kindle, you’ll get the updated version…that happens with Kindle blogs.
For more information on using the Kindle’s dictionary, see this previous post.
UPDATE: The answers. I’ve had at least one challenge that I wrote a definition imprecisely, and now that the answers can be seen, I’m happy to discuss that. :) If you want to play the game, please answer the questions above before you read this. Verst=2; Tufa=1; Jezail=1; Dado=3; Coppice=1; Serried=3; Behoof = 3; Burgee = 3; Dottle = 2; Casuistry = 2. I had deliberately used some words that might evoke other words. I used a “piece of medieval clothing” for coppice, for example, thinking it might suggest “codpiece”. :)
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.