A Vocab Challenge from Iraq

Taylor challenges us to beat her score in what she calls the Vocab Smackdown quiz. She got 11/15; I got 14/15.

Bring it on!


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  1. 1
    Randi says:

    I got 11/15

  2. 2
    Gill says:

    14/15 here.

  3. 3
    Bernita says:

    Hee. 14/15 too.

  4. 4
    rebyj says:


  5. 5
    Kimberly Anne says:

    14/15 for me too!

    “seem55” – I do not!

  6. 6
    Stephanie says:

    Thanks for making me feel smart today!

  7. 7
    CM says:

    They’re always one that’s ambiguous:


    They say “plastic” means “malleable,” and so differs from “wooden” and “leaden.”

    Plastic also means “fake.”  In that sense, it’s closer to “wooden”—as in, a wooden response.  “Leaden,” then, in terms of response, is dull and soporific, but doesn’t have the implications of construct that the other two have.

    If you think materials, plastic is different from wooden or leaden.  But if you think of responses or reactions, leaden is different from plastic and wooden.

  8. 8
    Suzanne says:


    I think plastic makes sense because being malleable or “Fake” means you are shaped easily…like how a fake person molds themselves into what they think others want them to be.

  9. 9
    Ri L. says:

    Aw, I only got 11.  But I understood the ambiguous plastic question!  Yay me.

  10. 10
    Astaryth says:

    14/15 I was surprised, a couple of them I went with my gut reaction, which apparently was right ;p

  11. 11
    Liz says:

    Damn. 11/15.

  12. 12
    Ciar Cullen says:

    That was disgusting. Where’s the Advil?

  13. 13
    BES says:

    Yeah!  14/15 for me!  (Missed question #2).

  14. 14
    Bonnie L. says:

    Hey, I’m happy with my 12/15.

  15. 15
    Ros says:

    I got 15!!!  Admittedly at least two were (intelligent) guesses.

  16. 16
    rebyj says:

    In defense of my 10/15 score

    I have no defense!

    I’m gonna start googling the answers on these quizzes like the rest you do.

  17. 17
    Bev Stephans says:

    13/15 Not too bad!

  18. 18
    Stacie says:

    13/15 Not bad.

  19. 19
    LadyRhian says:

    12/15. I did get the “plastic” one.

    Spaminator word- easy 58. Well not so easy!

  20. 20
    Becky says:


  21. 21
    RandomRanter says:

    12 also.  Had more issues with disembarassment than plastic, although I recognized that the plastic one was a big trap depending one which logic road you took.

  22. 22

    14/15… assay tripped me up.

  23. 23
    Zodiac Lung says:

    13/15…not bad!

  24. 24
    Teri Brown says:


    I knew one of them was going to be wrong but thought it was too easy of an answer. I should have went with my first instinct.

  25. 25
    dizmo says:


    … And I changed one from the right one to a wrong one.  *smacks her head on her desk*

  26. 26
    Manon says:

    Another 15/15 here.  Question 2 gave me a bad moment, but.

    (captcha: know54.  Why yes, I do. *preen*)

  27. 27
    Alison S says:


  28. 28
    Gwen says:

    I got two wrong – damn! or… Counfound it!


  29. 29
    talpianna says:

    A perfect 15/15!  I knew that minoring in Latin in college would pay off someday!

  30. 30
    Katherine2 says:

    Try http://www.freerice.com. For each word you identify correctly, they donate so many grains of rice to charity. At least your vocabulary “skillz” can benefit others!

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