Quiz: How Much Vocabulary From the Middle Ages Do You Know?
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How Much Vocabulary From the Middle Ages Do You Know?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

The Middle Ages, also known as the Medieval Period, were a time of tremendous upheaval in Europe. Kingdoms rose and fell on a dime and no throne was considered fashionable if it didn't have at least half a dozen claimants on it. Still, technology moved relatively slowly, which meant that life didn't change too much day to day for most people, who lived their entire lives in and around a single town.

However, a quiet but seismic change was taking place. A wondrous new machine called a printing press was created that took literacy out of the hands of the nobility and the clergy and began the slow but inexorable process of democratizing the written word. No more did people have to wait months for a monk to draw them up a Bible: they could just buy one. People who would have never learned to read before began to do so - and of course, once they could read, they wanted to write.

That meant there was a sudden explosion of words, as people documented what they thought and heard. Standardized spelling was non-existent and vocabulary differed from region to region, making Middle English a mishmash of dialects and idioms. Some great writers managed to capture some of the finest of these words and immortalize them for us, and the very best of the words they plucked from the air are still with us. Let's see if you know them!


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What does hither mean?
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If you are eating lubber-word, what are you eating?
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What does bellytimber refer to?
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Someone who is a whiteliver is a:
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If someone is carked, they are:
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What is a fopdoodle?
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What is an earthapple?
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Who would give a kerchief-of-pleasance to a knight?
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If someone is straight-fingered, they are __________.
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If someone asks "Where is the privy?" where do they want to go?
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A sloomy person is:
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If a woman is wearing a bubble-bow, what has she got on?
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What is a ringo?
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If someone is quetching, they are:
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If someone is a bedswerver, they are:
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A tuzzy-muzzy is a collection of:
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What would someone do after yelling a gardyloo?
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Bell-penny refers to money a person would save for their:
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A teenful person is:
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What does it mean to kiss the hare's foot?
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What does it mean to dringle?
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If someone is telling you to be "Hoful," they are telling you to be:
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If you are feeling the mubblefubbles, how do you feel?
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If someone has a nose of wax, they are:
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Who might have been called a poplolly in the Middle Ages?
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If someone is looking at the scrow, what are they looking at?
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If you are drinking Adam's Ale, what are you drinking?
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If someone is turngiddy they are ___________.
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What does ug refer to?
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If you have a smelly okselle, what do you have?
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If someone is pitchkettled, they are:
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