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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?
    300
    10,000
    1,000
    6,000
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  • How many diphthongs are there in English?
    5
    6
    8
    7
  •  15
  • Approximately how old is the English language?
    1,800 years old
    1,400 years old
    900 years old
    1,100 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
    onomastics
    pragmatics
    phonetics
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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
    backchanneling
    intensifiers
    discourse markers
    slang
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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?
    derivation
    affixation
    blending
    clipping
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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 four
    one in 1000
    one in 10
    one in 100
  •  15
  • Which country contains the largest English-speaking population in the world?
    The United States
    India
    Australia
    China
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  • In approximately how many countries does the English language have official or special status?
    50
    35
    10
    75
  •  15
  • Which of the following is probably the most widely used English word throughout the world?
    sex
    movie
    internet
    okay
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  • Which of the following is the longest word that appears in a play by William Shakespeare?
    incomprehensibleness
    honorificabilitudinitatibus
    disproportionableness
    sesquipedalian
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  • An _____ is a word derived from the proper name of a person or place.
    exonym
    eponym
    acronym
    paronym
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  • Which one of the following observations applies to the word typewriter?
    It's the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
    It can be typed using only the top row of keys on a standard
    It appeared in Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English La
    It's a palindrome
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  • Which of the following is generally regarded as the first genuine dictionary in English?
    An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webst
    Glossographia by Thomas Blount
    Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson
    A Table Alphabeticall by Robert Cawdrey
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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?
    dysphemism
    orthophemism
    euphemism
    dramatism
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  • True or False? The longest word in English is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
    True
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