Word Test 509

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 11/25/11

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

pickax like tool with one broad end, used for loosening soil by digging

"The trench was dug using a _______ to strip the turf and break up the hardest ground and a spade to dig out the earth."

spreading or scooping tool with flat, thin blade on a handle

When the jar is nearly empty, I use a rubber _______ to get all the rest of the Miracle Whip out.

small hand tool with flat blade attached to handle, used to spread or smooth loose material

Concrete workers smooth the surface with a _______ before it dries.

thin, curved blade mounted at right angles to handle, used for trimming and shaping wood

The detail work on a wooden totem pole may be done with an _______.

small, handheld, pointed device for poking holes in earth for plants or seeds

Teams of reforestation workers plant trees by poking a hole in the soil with a _______, then inserting the roots of a tiny sapling.

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."