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For valkyriekaren, among others Dec. 6th, 2004 02:03 pm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,5961,1367567,00.html

(I'm so tempted to send this one 'round the copywriters here ;)

I'll confess: I got one wrong.


Oh, and I've been joe-jobbed again. Fuckers.

From: cookwitch
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:08 pm (Link)
Rar!

You scored 25 out of a possible 25
Genius. We hope you don't get indigestion from all the dictionaries you've eaten.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:21 pm (Link)
24/25, but only because I'd never heard the word 'nyctophobia' before. If I'd known what it meant, I could have probably worked out the root.
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:24 pm (Link)
I got one wrong too - but I can't recall which ... [grin]
From: wechsler
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:26 pm (Link)
Same word, same reason.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:33 pm (Link)
Neither of us were ever afraid of the dark, obviously.

Bloody goths, eh?
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:22 pm (Link)
"joe-jobbed"? Doesn't sound pleasant anyway, dude. [thoughts etc]
From: dennyd
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:24 pm (Link)
It's when some scumbag sends out a wave of spam that pretends to come from one of your domains. Then you get all the bounce messages from recipients that don't exist...
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 03:00 pm (Link)
Yeah - that occasionally happens here ... admittedly not very often, but occasionally ... Helps that our website is a different domain to our mail addresses ...

24/25

From: dennyd
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:22 pm (Link)
Correct answer: Deciduous
You answered incorrectly

Re: 24/25

From: valkyriekaren
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:34 pm (Link)
because you didn't know the word at all, or just because you didn't know how to spell it?

Re: 24/25

From: wechsler
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:43 pm (Link)
Something to do with oograh, innit? ;)

Re: 24/25

From: dennyd
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:44 pm (Link)
I knew the word, but I was torn between -ous and -uous - and for some reason decided to go with my first guess instead of my educated guess :)
From: valkyriekaren
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:36 pm (Link)
Incidentally, was anyone else really pleased that the 'Hard Spell' contest from which that test was taken was won by a girl of Asian extraction? One in the eye for all those racists complaining that immigrants 'don't bother to learn the language', eh?
From: fellcat
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 03:06 pm (Link)
I hadn't even consciously noticed her name as Asian, but now that you mention it, yes it is a Good Thing™
From: valkyriekaren
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 03:30 pm (Link)
Ah, I saw part of the programme she was on, you see. I know better than to go by first names - my aunt and uncle nearly changed the name of their daughter when she was a baby because, having named her Vashti, they subsequently got quite sick of people who hadn't seen the baby asking if they'd adopted an Indian/Pakistani child!
From: arkady
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 05:02 pm (Link)
And Mastermind was won later in the evening by a black lawyer from Wembley.
From: vyvyan
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 02:42 pm (Link)
This might amuse you also:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/hardspell/hardspell_game.shtml

(Am currently no.3, I think :-)
From: deliberateblank
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 05:44 pm (Link)
Round two: I got the correct word ("bowt") but failed to spell it right. It wanted "bout" and I gave it "boat". That wasn't entirely fair.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 06:08 pm (Link)
*nods* One of the 'mis-spelled' words is queit. It wants you to respell quiet, but it could just as sensibly be quite or quit.
From: vyvyan
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 07:51 pm (Link)
Mm, I had a similar thing with the word "cach". They wanted "catch" - I assumed "cache" was required! (Too much geek exposure, perhaps :-)
From: fellcat
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 03:09 pm (Link)
I got full marks, but only through a lucky educated guess on nychtophobiai just didn't look right.
(no subject) - (Anonymous)
From: valkyriekaren
Date: December 6th, 2004 - 04:03 pm (Link)
every three years - like biennial (every two years) or centennial (every century).
From: thekumquat
Date: December 7th, 2004 - 10:46 am (Link)
24/25 - got 'graffiti' wrong, which I thought I might. Helped reading you people mentioning 'nyctophobia' as I might have assumed 'nictophobia' was fear of blinking (which presumably should be nicitophobia...)
From: kelemvor
Date: December 7th, 2004 - 01:57 pm (Link)
Also got one wrong. Probably "accollade", or however it's spelled.
Watched the show - could someone please take Eamon Homes away and do painful and humiliating things to him until he promises to apologise to all the children involved? That poor boy who crashed out on the penultimate round...
From: ashbet
Date: December 8th, 2004 - 04:16 am (Link)
25/25 *victory sign*

Of course, I *am* an editor/proofreader (okay, I'm currently an unemployed artist as of last week, but I *quit* my job to pursue art, and I did it for eleven years, so I think it still counts), so I'd better have gotten that score!!

I'm glad to have read in the comments that "joe-jobbed" means you're STILL EMPLOYED (any word on whether it'll stop being on a day-to-day basis soon? I know that must be harrowing) . . . still, suck.

*squishes*

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