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Quiz: Are you using the right word?

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You may think you know what these words mean, but is it possible you’re mistaken? Grammar.net’s list of “10 Com­monly Misunderstood Words in English” included real stumpers.

Quiz yourself to see how many of these definitions you know:

1.  Enormity:

    a. Enormous in size

    b. Monstrous evil, excessive wickedness, outrageous

2.  Nonplussed:

    a. Bewildered, extremely puzzled, at a loss

    b. Unimpressed

3.  Bemused:

    a. Mildly amused

    b. To be bewildered, confused, engrossed in thought

4.  Redundant:

    a. Useless

    b. Beyond what is necessary or natural, needlessly wordy or repetitive

5.  Plethora:

    a. Superabundance, an excess

    b. Many

6.  Unique

    a. Unusual

    b. The only one of its kind

7.  Noisome

    a. Harmful

    b. Noisy

8.  Ironic

    a. The opposite of what was expected

    b. Any kind of amusing coincidence


1b, 2a, 3b, 4b, 5a, 6b, 7a, 8a

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