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Quiz: Completely Acceptable Words People Think Are Wrong
by Staff
Maybe you have a little "niggle" with misused words, and you "literally" almost die when you hear such linguistic travesties. Or maybe you play fast and loose with language. These are totally acceptable words that may not mean what you think.

Is "supposably" or "supposedly" correct in the following sentence: "(Supposedly or supposedly), supermarkets stock sugary cereals that appeal to kids on the bottom shelf, at their eye level.

  • supposedly
  • supposably

Which is correct: anyway or anyways?

  • anyway
  • anyways

If you "renege" on something, what have you done?

  • backed out of a deal
  • renegotiated a deal
  • agreed to a deal

Is it a "moot" point or a "mute" point?

  • a moot point
  • a mute point

Which one is a portable platform used to move or stack things?

  • palate
  • palette
  • pallet

If you're feeling a bit of agitation or confusion, you're feeling …

  • flustered
  • flustrated
  • frustered

True or false: A "juggalo" is a male escort who is financially supported by an older woman, usually in a long-term relationship.

  • true
  • false

Which is the correct spelling: "grey" or "gray"?

  • grey
  • gray
  • both

True or false: A "chigger" is a type of mite.

  • true
  • false

True or false: When George W. Bush appeared in Arkansas to give one final speech on the eve of the 2000 presidential election, he said his rival, John McCain, had "misunderestimated" him.

  • true
  • false

Is "impactful" just a meaningless buzzword?

  • yes
  • not anymore

True or false: "Different" and "differently" are interchangeable.

  • true
  • false

Niggardly doesn't mean what you think it means. What's the correct definition?

  • quizzically
  • miserly
  • This is a racial epithet.

A "dongle" is …

  • something hanging in the breeze
  • a piece of hardware that connects your computer to another device
  • a racial epithet

True or false: Cabotage describes the destruction hungry critters do to a garden.

  • true
  • false

What's a potentiometer?

  • a made-up word
  • a tool to measure your potential
  • a voltage divider

When you're lost in a strange neighborhood, do you stop to "orient" or to "orientate" yourself, based on American English?

  • orient
  • orientate

Is "macaronic" a real word or a misspelling?

  • It's a real word.
  • It's a misspelled word.

Which is correct: mischievous (MIS-cha-vus) or mischievious (mis-CHEE-vee-us)?

  • mischievous (MIS-cha-vus)
  • mischievious (mis-CHEE-vee-us)

Which is correct, toward or towards?

  • I walked toward the light.
  • I walked towards the light.
  • Both are correct, depending on whether you're using British or American English.

Which refreshing dessert is lighter than ice cream yet contains dairy for a creamy texture?

  • sherbet
  • sherbert
  • sorbet

First things first — or is it firstly?

  • Yes, "firstly" is a word.
  • No, "firstly" is not a word.

True or false: Crapulence describes that sick feeling you have after a night of gluttony.

  • true
  • false

Is "snuck" the past tense of the verb "to sneak"?

  • yes
  • no

Darkle: real or just a made-up mashup of "sparkle" and "dark"?

  • real word
  • made-up word

If you're somewhat mad, you're …

  • mad
  • maddish

True or false: If you're nauseous, you feel you could throw up at any time.

  • true
  • false

How is "prerogative" pronounced?

  • PRE-rog-uh-tiv
  • PUR-rog-uh-tiv

"Irregardless" of whether or not you think it should be a word, is it?

  • Regardless of how you feel, "irregardless" isn't a real word.
  • Irregardless, it's in the dictionary, so it has to be a word, right?
  • Irregardless is a word, known as a "portmanteau."

A "nibling" is a …

  • gender-neutral way to refer to your nieces and nephews
  • tiny piece of something
  • pointed tip of a pen