Word Test 489

Improve Your Vocabulary

There is nothing more important in life than being able to master the power of communication. A good vocabulary is a like driving a car with rocket fuel instead of leaded gasoline. Words can power your career into high gear and increase your understanding of others.

From 2002-2014 we posted our Word of the Day and subsequently our Weekend Word Tests for 650 Consecutive Weeks or 12 ½ years, to help our viewers improve and expand their vocabulary. If you are serious about improving your vocabulary, our Word Test Library will challenge you to learn words you may never have known existed.

For the Week ending 07/08/11

Directions: Choose the word that matches with the definition and appropriately fits into the blank space in the sentence.

unsuccessful attempt at lofty, dignified style, resulting in triteness, triviality, or unintentional humor

There are "connoisseurs" who learn the difference between a fresco and a fire-plug and thereafter feel obligated to void their critical _______ on painting, sculpture and architecture forever more.

expression devoid of originality or wit; cliché; triteness

Summary reviews for derivative works, the ultimate in _______.

ungrammatical combination of words; error in diction; a gross deviation from the established usages of grammar

If you have the effrontery to use a _______ like "irregardless" then please at least have the common decency to mispell it.

word, phrase, or sentence reading the same backward or forward

A classic example of _______ is Napoleon's lament: "Able was I ere I saw Elba."

abusive language; vehement denunciation; vituperation

Personal abuse and other _______ is childish and an indication of lack of maturity and lack of judgment.

We would like to thank Dr. Andrew Jamieson, MD, of Vancouver, Washington for his articulate contribution of words he supplied for the many years he served as our "eHappyLife Word Specialist."