Word Test 551

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 09/14/12

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

applied to that class of literature in which the principal personage is the Spanish picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer

Stevenson and Kipling have proved its immense popularity, with the whole brood of detective stories and the tales of successful rascality we call "_______."

the vital spirit, soul, or creative force of a person

The ancients believed that _______ or Spirit, resided in the pineal gland in the brain.

form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind; form a mental representation of; imagine:

Human beings can, in short, _______ of and create change; we can use our minds to reframe, to see things in a better light.

having the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties

You've been called a _______ MacGyver-type with a knack for doing a lot with a little.

having a meaning that is mysterious or obscure; incomprehensible to those not familiar with the culture or jargon

I call it _______ rhyme because I write short, clipped, descriptive verses that paint vivid, concise pictures using almost no full sentences.

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."