Quiz: Do You Know These Commonly Used Words That Aren't Actually Words?
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Do You Know These Commonly Used Words That Aren't Actually Words?
By: Annette
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About This Quiz

How well did you do in English class? Are you a grammar nazi? Does the internet drive you nuts with the prevalence of misused words? Same here! Let's find out if you can ace this quiz.

We're on the fence about whether or not we approve of all of the new words that are included in the dictionary each year... ok, that's not entirely true. 

We don't always agree, but nobody asked us. You might be on our side, and rather that many of these words not have been included in a permanent recording of usable words in the English language, but there they are, regardless. In addition to the words that make it into each revised edition of the dictionary, some words are used every day that just aren't words. Let's go over a few of them.

If you are a card-carrying member of the grammar police, you're going to know these words already, but even if you pride yourself on your ability to communicate correctly in English, some of these words are so commonly misused that you may have been abusing them all along and not realize it. We'll forgive you, but please check yourself next time you find yourself uttering one of these travesties.

Let's get started.


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Let's start simple: ______ isn't a word.
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No matter what you think, ______ is considered nonstandard.
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You should ______ not use this word.
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You need to be careful how you use the word _______.
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Never use the word ______.
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It's impossible to ______ to something.
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Please try to speak ______.
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You're never ______ use this word properly.
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Something giant might not be ______.
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We are the ______ of friends!
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Never order ______ coffee.
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It's impossible to _____ with another person.
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_______, the first word of this sentence is not a word.
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You are not _______ by this quiz.
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I ________ your invitation.
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Never order the ______ for dessert.
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When you don't care, it does not mean that _______.
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For all ______ and purposes, never use this phrase.
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You can never ______ something clearly.
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No, that garden does not have beautiful ______.
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Do not order _____ at a cafe.
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What non-word did President Trump tweet in 2017?
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Never set a _____ with something.
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It's not possible to _____ someone.
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It's this or that, but not _______.
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This word just _____ right.
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This is a controversial word, ________ of what you think.
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The newspaper was not _____ to her door.
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He was not ______ a question.
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Did you know that nothing is ______?
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Your favorite show will never be ________.
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It's impossible to have bad _______.
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It hurts ______ when you use this word.
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That thing has not _____ past you.
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Nothing is _____ than fun.
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