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It pays to improve your wordpower...

...as you'll probably do better than me on this vocabulary test!

177/200. Not as good a vocabulary as I thought!


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Jan. 15th, 2003 03:10 am (UTC)

I guessed a lot.
Jan. 15th, 2003 03:49 am (UTC)
My score was 154. Not bad for a Kate of very little brain.
Jan. 15th, 2003 04:08 am (UTC)
Ouch, 166. Not bad but thought I'd do a little better!
Jan. 15th, 2003 04:10 am (UTC)
143, but aparently I missed some too, I think my eyes went a bit squinty after a while!
Jan. 15th, 2003 04:12 am (UTC)
I got 158, having guessed quite a few. I was starting to wonder if they'd made some of them up.
Jan. 15th, 2003 04:43 am (UTC)
Can you trust all the answers?
168, with several guesses. Course, some of them I realised I knew when I saw the answer, and two I just checked the wrong box by mistake.

But I disagree with their assertion that fifth columnist == collaborationist. To my mind a collaborationist (or collaborator, as we would say) works for the occupying enemy, but a fifth columnist, while appearing to work for the enemy, is actually working against them.

Or am I completely wrong here?

So I hereby award myself 170 or 171, depending on the fifth columnist conclusion ;-)

Jan. 15th, 2003 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: Can you trust all the answers?
Yes, that's a tricky one. I'd be inclined to agree with you, but on different grounds - in that the two words are actually unrelated.

A collaborationist works for an occupying power, whereas a fith columnist works in an unoccupied country for an enemy power.

There's a the whole issue of an invasion between the two words!
Jan. 15th, 2003 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: Can you trust all the answers?
Good point about the fifth columnist. I new there was something subtly wrong with what I was saying.
Jan. 15th, 2003 05:33 am (UTC)

143 with no guessing.

Not too bad, I guess.
Jan. 15th, 2003 05:50 am (UTC)
Arrrrrrghghghgh, she got the same score as me, IN HER SECOND LANGUAGE!!!

(Goes away to hang head in shame)
Jan. 15th, 2003 05:48 am (UTC)
Ugh, that was hard. And got boring pretty fast. And I did pretty badly. It said I missed one question out, and I got 142.
Jan. 15th, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)
I think I lost concentration cus I got bored!!
Jan. 15th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC)
i got bored after the first 12 or so - those are nearly all words that I would never use. maybe i need to read a dictionary? my father in law would love that quiz, though...
Jan. 15th, 2003 06:42 am (UTC)
176 but I disagree with a lot of their antitheses; there are too many things that aren't either the same or the opposite because they're not really related! there were 5 words I didn't know at all and several that I don't think are really English, more Latinate and Grecisms ;-)
Jan. 16th, 2003 07:37 am (UTC)

By which I'm a little disappointed.

But I strongly agree: there are plenty of word-pairs there that I looked at, thought "yes, know what that one means; know what that one means. Now, what possible apposition or inconsistency can they see between them?"

Jan. 15th, 2003 04:29 pm (UTC)
You got 179 out of 200 correct.
Not sure how I managed that, I've not been doing too well on quizzes and things recently - must be the shattered remnants of the classical education bubbling to the surface. I suppose I should go back over the list and check the ones I got wrong (always assuming it gives the same questions in the same order.
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