The Hardest Words to Spell Quiz

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A period of 1,000 years:

The year 2000 was celebrated as the beginning of the third millennium.

A cocktail made of rum, lime juice and sugar:

We drank daiquiris and margaritas while we were in St. Maarten.

To recall the past:

She likes to reminisce about her time in France.

To accept, comply or submit tacitly or passively:

Apparently he expected me to acquiesce to him stealing my rent money.

A tropical plant that has red or purple flowers:

There are more than 300 varieties of bougainvillea around the world.

A flower or bouquet worn in a buttonhole:

The groomsmen's boutonnieres were single pink orchids.

The buttocks:

I slipped on the ice and fell on my derriere.

A difference between two opposite things:

Her essay discusses the dichotomy between good and evil in the author's novels.

An officer in the Army, Navy or Air Force with a fairly low rank:

Lieutenant Arnold was on leave when the men were ambushed.

A bright reddish-purple color:

The bridesmaid dresses are the gorgeous color fuchsia.

Producing light when electricity flows through a tube that is filled with a type of gas:

A fluorescent lamp is much more energy efficient than an incandescent lamp.

An expression used to give praise, joy or thanks:

Hallelujah! The bank is approving our loan application.

Foods served in small portions before the main part of a meal:

The reception included passed hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour.

Something (such as a word, sentence or song) that helps you remember something (such as a rule or a list of names):

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally is the mnemonic used to remember the order of operations in mathematics.

A person who likes and knows a lot about a subject:

Jill is a real wine aficionado.

The creation of words that imitate natural sounds:

Buzz and hiss are examples of onomatopoeia.

A large ape with very long arms and reddish-brown hair:

Humans and orangutans share nearly 97 percent of the same DNA.

To make a judgment about something:

He had to accurately gauge the mood of the voters.

Not moving; staying in one place or position:

The weather front has remained stationary over the Southeast.

A plant with large red, pink or white leaves:

Poinsettias are extremely popular during the holidays.

A mixture of dried flower petals, leaves and spices used to make a room smell pleasant:

The bowl of potpourri smelled like vanilla and cinnamon.

A place where people agree to meet at a particular time:

Johnny's Pizza will be the rendezvous point.

Military activity in which soldiers, aircraft, etc. are sent to find information on the enemy:

Two helicopters just left on a reconnaissance mission.

All of the songs that a performer or group of performers knows and can perform:

The band's repertoire includes classic and modern jazz.

An officer of low rank in the army or marines:

Sergeant Dixon led his men into the field for a training exercise.

A person whose job is to take care of sheep:

The shepherd continued to tend to his flock during the storm.

A person who helps organizations or groups to work together:

She acts as a liaison between the police department and city schools.

A person whose job is to drive people around in a car:

His chauffeur drove us all to the concert last night.

A large flying animal that lived when dinosaurs were alive:

Pterodactyl is the common term for the winged reptiles properly called pterosaurs.

To make or have room for:

This table can accommodate 12 comfortably.

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These words trip everybody up. When it comes to these tricky terms, sounds can be deceiving. Take this quiz to find out if you're a spelling ace.

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