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Word Trivia Answers Revealed

We've settled into a blood freezing cold snap up here, in the great white north, so I'm taking advantage of breaks between shoveling the snow, and adjusting the heat, to reveal the truths about some wacky words I've tried to fool you with.

I thank all of you who took the time to play, and for challenging the quiz organically, instead of turning to Google. If you didn't know a single one, don't feel bad, these are not your everyday drivers.

Drum roll . . . please! Prepare to be amazed! Prepare to be enchanted! Enlightened? You get the point.

Once again, here are the words, the possible answers, and the correct answer below each.


A: To declare oneself victorious, in spite of logical argument(s) brought forth by one’s opponent(s).

B: A beveled edged chisel used in nineteenth century cabinet making.

C: An affluent retired person able to pursue an active lifestyle.

D: A pie (any flavor) that is offered to another in order to win their affection. (shortened and derived from, To woo with pie).

Correct Answer: C


A: A forceful blow

B: A nineteenth century derogatory term for someone who begs for money or food on a wharf

C: To shun.

D: A mythical creature responsible for missing socks. It is believed to dwell in the linen traps of clothes dryers.

Correct Answer A

He's still adorable, though.


A: Style of shoe or boot with a long pointed toe.

B: Another name for the threshing drum on a nineteenth century grain threshing machine.

C: The long claw on the middle toe of an African Wild Dog.

D: An ancient fairy who steals periwinkle flowers.

Correct Answer: A


A: The characteristic of excessive boldness.

B: A term used in marine biology to refer to the time period during which the Great Barrier Reef began to form.

C: A term used to describe someone attractive enough to resemble a goddess. This was derived from the goddess Eriu, the goddess of Irish Sovereignty.

D: A term that refers to something or someone who resembles a hedgehog.

Correct Answer: D (yes, really :) )

There you have it. Go forth and share your newly acquired wisdom about these peculiar, and obscure, Quasimodo's of the English language. Rescue them from the darkest corners of the attic, mind the spiders, though.

If you enjoyed this bit of trivia, you can play again, just click on this link: Bibbles, Ratoons, And Bumfuzzles. Oh My!

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