Word Test 572

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 02/08/13

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

a secret or disguised way of writing; a code

The real _______ is to just get into the habit of noticing the small things that might bring about outsized improvements in our lives.

convert (information or data) into a cipher or code, esp. to prevent unauthorized access; conceal information or data in something by this means

Yahoo Messenger 6 used a spectacularly complicated password obfuscation method to "_______" the password as it was being sent over the wire to Yahoo's servers.

a confusing and difficult problem or question; a question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle

More broadly, a _______ is any problem where the answer is very complex, possibly unsolvable without deep investigation.

a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation; a difficult situation; a practical dilemma

If the question is "What was the original function of language?" the _______ is the same: language had many functions over hundreds of millennia.

a difficult or perplexing question or problem

Another good question came from the audience in the form of this _______: is the social net phenomenon predicting what is already happening to us on our mobile phones (was Facebook the peak?) or [in the words of the song] is this just the beginning?

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."