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English Language Trivia

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    Trivia questions about the English language
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  • What is the shortest grammatically correct sentence in English?
    Go!
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  • Approximately how many words are added to English dictionaries each year?
    6,000
    10,000
    1,000
    300
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  • How many diphthongs are there in English?
    6
    7
    5
    8
  •  15
  • Approximately how old is the English language?
    1,100 years old
    1,800 years old
    900 years old
    1,400 years old
  •  15
  • Supportive terms such as ‘oh’ and ‘really’ are examples of
    fillers
    hedging
    clarifying
    backchanneling
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  • What is polysemy?
    When a word form has multiple meanings that may potentially be related to one another?
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  • What is the study of meaning in context?
    semantics
    pragmatics
    phonetics
    onomastics
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  • A sound formed by combining two vowels in a single syllable is called a ______.
    diphthong
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  • True or False? In compound nouns, the stress is usually on the second syllable
    False (it's usually on the first)
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  • Syntax is the study of the structure of ______.
    sentences
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  • True or False? From the dialects and vocabulary of Germanic peoples—Angles, Saxons, and Jutes—who settled in Britain in the 5th century
    True
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  • Now, well, you know, and like are examples of
    intensifiers
    slang
    backchanneling
    discourse markers
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  • Smog ← smoke + fog is an example of blending. Give another example.
    _______
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  • What is the negative counter-part to synonymy called?
    Antonymy
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  • Laboratory → lab, gymnasium → gym, or influenza → flu are examples of what type of word-formation?
    clipping
    derivation
    blending
    affixation
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  • Name one process of word formation.
    compounding, affixation, blending, clipping, acronym formation
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  • Roughly what proportion of the world's population is competent in English?
    one in 1000
    one in four
    one in 10
    one in 100
  •  15
  • Which country contains the largest English-speaking population in the world?
    Australia
    The United States
    India
    China
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  • In approximately how many countries does the English language have official or special status?
    75
    10
    50
    35
  •  15
  • Which of the following is probably the most widely used English word throughout the world?
    internet
    movie
    okay
    sex
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  • Which of the following is the longest word that appears in a play by William Shakespeare?
    sesquipedalian
    honorificabilitudinitatibus
    incomprehensibleness
    disproportionableness
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  • An _____ is a word derived from the proper name of a person or place.
    eponym
    exonym
    acronym
    paronym
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  • Which one of the following observations applies to the word typewriter?
    It appeared in Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English La
    It can be typed using only the top row of keys on a standard
    It's a palindrome
    It's the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
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  • Which of the following is generally regarded as the first genuine dictionary in English?
    Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson
    A Table Alphabeticall by Robert Cawdrey
    An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webst
    Glossographia by Thomas Blount
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  • Which of the following terms refers to the substitution of a more offensive word or phrase for one considered less offensive?
    dramatism
    dysphemism
    euphemism
    orthophemism
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  • True or False? The longest word in English is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    True
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