Word Test 520

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 02/10/12

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

a minor weakness or failing of character; imperfection

The entertainer was a well-bred man, of some learning, generosity, and taste; but his _______ was the desire of being thought the inimitable pattern of all three.

a structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group; a physiological or temperamental peculiarity

I know that instead of using the obnoxious word "_______," I should have said that Mr. So-and-so had "a list to port in his ideas.

lacking in harmony; incompatible; inconsistent; not fitting in

On occasion, material, geographical, and emotional distance resulted in _______ appropriations that were the result of images and meanings randomly and bizarrely associated with each other.

excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions; fawning, subservient; fawning; exhibiting servile compliance

The waiters were white-jacketed middle-aged black men who were not _______ but belonged culturally to another generation that knew how to be selectively deaf and to pretend that the clientele were held in high regard.

a servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; a mean flatterer

But they're funny, calling anyone a "_______", when they'll need a crowbar to dislodge their lips from Obama's rear.

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."