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Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-7-2005 23:57

OK ... as there are so many readers and writers here, we'll see if this is popular ...

I'll post a list of dictionary definitions and see if you can provide the word. I'll try to balance between making it too hard and making it interesting. I'll try and make it so that, even if you don't one right, you'll at least have heard the word before. For each quiz, all answers will begin with the same letter:


Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-11-2005 03:23

Right ... I'm going to do something new for the next one. As a language, English has the richest vocabulary of all languages, largely due to the many and varied influences on it (Latin, Greek, French, German, etc). Although this is great, it also means there are lots of 'silly' words in English - words that no one uses, hardly anyone knows what they mean and if you ever used them at a party you'd ruin your chances of getting a dance that night. They can still be quite good fun, though, so I'm putting in a bonus word at the end of the six. Anyone that gets it will have my lasting admiration and respect. Of course, I might just be displaying my own ignorance of a very common word, but there you go : o )

Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-11-2005 03:26

All answers beginning with 'I':

1)n. an individualís own distinctive form of speech.

2)adj. not susceptible of feeling: not showing feeling: imperturbable.

3)n. momentum: impulse: incentive.

4)n. (fem). a woman in love or beloved.

5)adj. unknown: unidentified: disguised: under an assumed title.

6)adj. likely to incur or provoke ill-will: likely to excite envy, enviable: offensively discriminating.

Bonus: n. the endowment of inanimate objects with the attributes of living creatures: a taking into the self of persons or things from the outer world so as to experience a oneness with them and to feel personally touched by their fate.


Jun-11-2005 03:55


Bonus)I don't know an "i" word! I know an "a" word! anthropomorphism


Jun-11-2005 04:05

1. idiom
2. impassive
3. impetus
4. inamorata
5. incognito
6. invidious


Jun-11-2005 04:09

I'm with CFM on the bonus...Animism would fit.

Or Introjection, but that implies taking in unconsciously...I'll keep thinking though :)

The Librarian
The Librarian

Jun-11-2005 05:10

I came up with the same 6 as Envy. For the bonus, again, I can't think of one beginning with 'I', but I think personification fits.

Pinball Amateur

Jun-11-2005 05:19

1) Idiosyncrasy
2) Impassive
3) Impel
4) Iinamorata
5) Inconito
6) Invidious
Bonus - Individuate (doubt it's right but I can't come up with anything better...)

Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-11-2005 05:23

Flippin' heck! I think there should be a cull on the amount of clever people playing Sleuth. I'm going to file an official complaint with Ben that you're all annoyingly clever : o )

Cfm: 2/6 (you were first, though, which is harder - and you were the only one to get idiolect)
Envy: 5/6
Lib: 5/6

Envy - well done - the answer was 'introjection'. I'd never heard of it. Animism, personification and (deep breath) anthropomorphism are all really cool words too. I'm going to see if I can use them all today, though I'm going to the beach so it might be hard : o )

Blaise Joshua
Blaise Joshua

Jun-11-2005 05:24

Sorry Andy - we were obviously posting at the same time so I hadn't scored yours - you got 4/6.

Madame Giry
Madame Giry

Jun-11-2005 12:14

OK, here are some Russian words... I'll spell them out in English, with the same Russian pronunciation... give me the definition.

#1.) predoopreeshdall
#2.) preveedenyeah
#3.) prashayouss
#4.) prasteetsiye
#5.) pasheliyuye
#6.) pazaveetseyeie

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