Some people get a sophisticated vocabulary by reading textbooks and articles on complex issues and topics. Others get it from observation, that is, listening to people use certain words in context. Others simply study vocabulary to enrich their knowledge and to describe daily life in more precise and vivid detail. Still, others need to master a higher-level lexicon for their job, be it an editor, reporter, diplomat or other position where precise communication is crucial. No matter how you came to have such a worldly command of the language, it sets you apart from others. And this quiz will provide a benchmark from which to measure yourself.
You'll be asked to choose a word from a definition, a synonym, antonym or used in a sentence. Words like subterfuge, autonomy, or euphemism, for example. Each question you answer correctly will be tallied, and you can compare it with others who have taken this quiz previously. We can tell you that only 2% have received a perfect score, while 20% have chosen the correct answer 8 out of 10 times. See how you measure up, take the quiz now. There is no subterfuge involved, just you and your abundant proficiency.