Wacky Word Quiz

Happy Saturday! The weekend is here and we’ve been freezing our keisters up here, in the attic of North America. Now, to go with that mug of coffee, I’ve brought you another round of the wacky word quiz. So, yay! Don’t worry, it’s short. 🙂

Those who’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know what to do. Well, not that it’s overly complicated. Quite simple really.

Each word will have four possible definitions, of course, only one will be right. You can put your guesses in the ‘Comments’ section, or not, and I’ll be back to reveal (Ta-da!) the correct one in my next blog post.

As before, I’ll ask each of you to practice ‘Googlestraint” (made that one up myself, my Mom is so proud . . . um, I think.) In plain English, please do not ask Google or any other ‘know-it-all’ virtual entity.

Here we go!

Gubbins:

A: odds and ends

B: small clumps of porridge that stick to the sides of a pot or bowl

C: antiquated term for gout, as in, “Sally! I’ve got the gubbins again.”

D: A nineteenth century term coined by pickpockets when they get extra and unwanted items while plying their craft. “Pshaw! A used nose mucker! The most disgusting gubbins I’ve ever had!”

Argle-bargle:

A: The malformed stamen on a Banana Shrub

B: A derogatory term for a nineteenth century lumberjack who is incapable of sawing in a straight line.

C: too much pointless talking or writing

D: A shady deal in which the victim loses a significant sum.

Erf:

A: A slang term for the bracket fungi that grows on rotting tree stumps.

B: parcel of land

C: antiquated slang for vomiting “Ah! Jeb just erfed inside my new carriage!”

D: Derogatory term for someone who never tries to succeed.

Cacodemonomania:

A: The fear of long words.

B: The belief and fear that every planet in our solar system will eventually be sucked into the sun.

C: The belief and fear that one is possessed by an evil spirit.

D: The belief and fear that animals (monkeys in particular) are plotting to take over the world.

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

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