Thursday, September 22, 2005

Word Nerd Exercise 6: Name It and Claim It

To test your knowledge of vocabulary and parts of speech, answer these. Share your answers via the comments section here. And this week, I’m offering a prize to the first five entries with all correct answers. Those writers each will get a free copy of Found magazine. Be sure you leave a name or nickname on your comment post so I can tell who won. (I'll declare the winners and have you email your mailing addresses directly to me.)

OK, ready, set, go!

1. List alphabetically 10 adverbs that have at least 8 letters. Example: dramatically.
2. List 10 nouns that are synonyms for house, meaning “living quarters.”
3. List 5 interjections that express excitement. Example: Yeeha!
4. List 5 adjectives that deal with extreme weather events.
5. Orange often is listed as a common English-language word that cannot be rhymed. What are two others?

And here are last week's sentences, with their commas in the right places.
1. Well, is this your final day at work?
2. After the doctor reset it, her broken arm mended perfectly.
3. The wedding gifts included a clock, a popcorn popper, a plasma TV and seven toasters.
4. "If you reheat that awful meatloaf one more time, I'm getting a divorce," Tammy said to David, her third husband.
5. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

33 Comments:

Blogger beche-la-mer said...

Here are my answers to the quiz:
1. alphabetically, anonymously, excitedly, inadvertently, liturgically, noiselessly, sensitively, sleepily, synonymously, usefully
2. residence, domain, apartment, condominium, flat, domicile, cottage, pied-a-terre, bungalow, home, unit, terrace house (I threw in extras in case you disallow the French)
3. Woohoo! Bonzer! You beauty! Wow! Crikey!
4. cyclonic, tempestuous, monsoonal, stormy, diluvial
5. purple and silver

11:50 PM  
Blogger SuperHolmie said...

1. altruistically, beautifully, candidly, haltingly, metaphorically, objectively, perfunctorily, quizzically, soporifically, trippingly
2. dwelling, abode, lodging, tenement, residence, shelter, domicile, habitation, home, mansion
3. All right! Bitchin'! Yes! Holy crap! Awesome!
4. catastrophic, unpredictable, stormy, wet, Biblical (heard those on CNN today)
5. purple and month

This was fun, prof!

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Jen the College Student said...

1. bombastically, creatively, drastically, emphatically, enthusiastically, frenetically, hurriedly, practically, sardonically, seriously
2. place, abode, dwelling, pad, residence, lodging, digs, refuge, shelter, crib
3. Whoohoo! Yowza! Sweet! Yippee! Hooray! (this makes me think of Schoolhouse Rock's "Interjections" song- "Interjections (Well!) Show excitement (Oh!) Or emotion (Hey!)"... a gem from my elementary school days)
4. unrelenting, devastating, torrential, deadly, catastrophic
5. lozenge, medicine (?)

I remember seeing Davy Rothbart on Letterman and thinking that the concept of "Found" was very cool. Thanks for the challenge!

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Astronomically
Cavalierly
Comprehensively
Conventionally
Expensively
Fantastically
Genetically
Instinctively
Monumentally
Transparently


2. Habitation
Domicile
Home
Dwelling
Abode
Residence
Lodging
Digs
Quarters
Homestead

3. Wow!
Man!
Crimeny! (OK, so it’s obsolete, my grandmother still uses it.)
Awesome!
WooHoo!

4. Torrential
Deluged
Tempestuous
Flooded
Apocalyptic


5. Purple
Silver



Tapper

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Jen the College Student said...

I'm not completely comfortable with my answer of "medicine" for number five, what with it having three syllables and all. I think I'll add "purpose," as long as there isn't a "No takebacks" rule. Merci beaucoup.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous oubliette said...

1. indiscriminately, partially, deferentially, generally, prolifically, fortuitously, gratefully, tangentially, tremendously, adventurously

2. home, abode, residence, domicile, dwelling, joint, pad, place, habitation, crib

3. Wow! Gosh! Woohoo! Woah! Yay!

4. torrential, slippery, heavy, sweltering, scorching

5. purple, hungry

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On last week's answer, I wold put a commaafter TV in sentence 3. It adds clarity and speeds the reading.

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) carefully
carelessly
doggedly
woefully
exponentially
accidentally
efficiently
ferociously
powerfully
politely

2) crib
residence
dwelling
abode
lodging
digs
home
flat
homestead
pad

3) yay
woohpee
ho
hurrah
whoa

4) inclement
violent
catastrophic
torrential
blustering

5) silver
month

SUNIL

8:08 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

1.
Categorically
Exponentially
Inconspicuously
Justifiably
Painstakingly
Purposefully
Rationally
Spectacularly
Undeniably
Unequivocally

2.
Abode
Cottage
Crib
Domicile
Dwelling
Flat
Home
Homestead
Place
Residence

3.
Hooray!
Yahoo!
Yay!
Yippee!
Whoopee!

4.
Arctic
Inclement
Stormy
Tropical
Turbulent

5.
Pecuniary
Purple

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Darmer said...

1. Frequently, habitually, normally, occasionally, sometimes, conservatively, thankfully, mercifully,infinitely, patiently, expeditiously

2. domicile, dwelling, household, manor, mansion, coop, joint, shelter, den, residence

3. Vila! Yahoo! Whoopee! Bravo! Oops!

4. Precipitous, threatening, disastrous, severe, violent

5. month, silver

I believe I'm already outnumbered but thanks for the early morning diversion. We're in Houston anticipating Hurricane Rita's wrath!

8:25 AM  
Anonymous darmer said...

My list 3 should read:

Voila! Yahoo! Whoopee! Bravo! Oops!

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Hillary said...

1. Extraordinarily, drastically, excessively, remarkably, exceedingly, tremendously, exceptionally, eminently, abnormally, inordinately
2. Abode, home, residence, pad, dwelling, dump, place, shack, mansion, lodging
3. Fetch! Tubular! Zang! Narly! Chaching!
4. Duh... catastrophic, devastating, Level-50382, unfortunate, sensationalized!
5. Nothing (ha), Pint

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Shelly said...

1. affectionately, disdainfully, dispairingly, flamboyantly, gracefully, listlessly, pleasantly, realistically, sarcastically, witheringly
2. domicile, abode, home, residence, den, lair, nest, coop, apartment, shelter
3. Wow!, Awesome!, Fabulous!, That rocks!, Great!
4. catastrophic, devasting, punishing, monsterous, withering, Biblical
5. hungry and angry

10:02 AM  
Blogger G. Brooke said...

1. alphabetically, deliberately, dynamically, functionally, institutionally, magnanimously, perpendicularly, superstitiously, systematically, unhelpfully.

2. abode, domicile, unit, place, pad, address, quarters, digs, home, residence.

3. Whee! Yay! Hooray! Yeah! Whoo-hoo!

4. torrential, deadly, brutal, crippling, stifling.

5. The other two colors, purple and silver!

10:50 AM  
Blogger maurinsky said...

Too late for a prize, but here goes anyway:

1. artistically, cautiously, conveniently, craftily, cunningly, disturbingly, effervescently, masterfully, tenderly, tragically

2. cottage, condo, bungalow, cabin, apartment, abode, estate, manor, manse, flat

3. Woohoo! Wahoo! Yippee! Yowza! Huzzah!

4. powerful, unpredictable, huge, deadly, terrifying

5. purple, silver

11:01 AM  
Blogger Yvette said...

1. Ecstatically, indifferently, blissfully, excitedly, animatedly, breathlessly, lifelessly, unresponsively, tactfully, wonderfully

2. Shack, bungalow, cottage, villa, lodge, chalet, cabin, hut, hovel, shelter

3. Wow, hey, whoa, yippee, woo-hoo

4. Catastrophic, menacing, gigantic, deadly, decimating

5. Nothing, pint

11:17 AM  
Anonymous creak_y said...

1. lovingly, excruciatingly, realistically,inexplicably, wondrously, breathlessly, noiselessly, compellingly, ceaselessly, mindlessly.
2. residence, home, abode, shelter, lodgings, apartment, dwelling, inn, manor, dormitory.
3. Hurrah, Wahoo, Wow, Awesome, Crikey.
4. torrential, catastrophic, deadly, raging, scorching, threatening.
5. wolf, month, bulb, gulf, width, sculpts.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous egb3r said...

1) Boastfully, excitedly, fortuitously, hurriedly, menacingly, ominously, onerously, serendipitously, threateningly, unfortunately
2) Abode, castle, casa, dwelling, home, cloister, money-pit, palace, investment, cocoon
3) Eureka! Oh boy! Tits! Jesus! Sweet!
4) Apocalyptic, torrential, destructive, unexpected, awe-inspiring
5) Purple, month

1:26 PM  
Blogger alg said...

Things you can't find before a hurricane hits.
drinking water, sports water still on the shelves.
money, ATMs are empty and nobody will give you cash back.
gas, but then you already knew that.
ice, you can make your own.
paper or plastic bags from the grocery store, really surprised me.
peanut butter, but they forgot the crackers.
canned peaches in heavy surup, not a big disappointment there.
Matches and candles.
Bread, of any kind.
Bananas and apples.
Spam in a can.
Tuna in a can.

Things I bought, mostly because nothing else was left.

pink salmon in a can
lump crab meat in a can, there's a pattern here.
cokes, all the diet was gone?
Oreo cookies, score.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous handworn said...

authentically, wistfully, amazingly, questionably, heavenly, amicably, crankily, rancorously, timorously, markedly

dwelling, domicile, mansion, hut, pad, palace, abode, condominium, apartment, cottage

Huzza! Hooray! Wahoo! Wheee! Ha-ha!

Torrential, arid, frigid, gusty, stormy

Silver, locksmith

4:37 PM  
Anonymous leslie in ca said...

1. automatically, beatifically, casually, deliberately, effortlessly, furiously, gradually, horrifically, individually, judiciously

2. dwelling, abode, domicile, digs, pad, place, habitat, crib, home, residency

3. Far out! Zowie! Hot damn! Wow! Ohmygod!

4. frigid, gusty, torrential, violent, catastrophic

5. purple, pint

5:24 PM  
Blogger MS150_Al said...

I went out looking for gas. Traffic was light, and everybody else was doing the same. Nothing was open except for an occasionally convience store. Most places were either boarded up or had tape on the windows, depending on the owner's temperament I suppose.

All the gas stations were out. It was eerily similar to the theme of Road Warrior. Some of the open stations had cars parked, hoping a truck with it's precious gas cargo would arrive. One had a long line of cars waiting by the pumps. I turned around and came back, but there wasn't any. Apparently the dumb bastards don't know the universal sign, plastic over the pump handle, for no gas. They better take care of that pretty quick or things might get ugly.

A few day laborers were out, surprisingly. Maybe they didn't get the word.

I've never cared if someone drove an oversized truck or SUV before. If they could afford it it didn't matter to me. Today was different; a lot of them were out roaming around, wasting gas. If they didn't use so much maybe there'd be a little more for the rest of us, maybe enough for me to escape the city. Bastards, I hope they don't make it out either.

Lin said the roads have cleared a lot, but it doesn't do us any good. It's too risky to get on the highway without enough fuel to make it to where you're going. I've got 3/4 of a tank, but driving around town looking for gas it feels like I'm running on fumes. Best to conserve as much as I can, it might come in handy after the storm hits.

9:41 AM  
Blogger liz said...

Non-rhyming words (of which orange is not one. "Door hinge"): Silver, purple.

Interjections: Golly! Wow! Yowza! Hooray! Yippee!

Long adverbs: amazingly, astoundingly, carefully, dastardly, immediately, intolerably, patiently, silently, uncontrollably, unfortunately

House synonyms: Apartment, rooms, flat, digs, dorm, cottege, castle, home, place, pad.

Weather adjectives: Stormy, snowy, parched, howling, raging

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. absolutely, carefully, confidently, enthusiastically, fortunately, geometrically, impatiently, neighborly, occaisionally, unwillingly

2. dwelling, abode, residence, crib, manse, flat, pad, domicile, mansion, place (as in "Your place or mine?")

3. Yikes! Wow! Yipee! Woohoo! OMG!(Oh my God!, if "blogspeak" is not allowed)

4. tornadic, frigid, searing, torrential, icy

5. pint, month

Alice C., Arkansas

12:24 PM  
Anonymous watercat said...

1. Adverbs:

amazingly
eventually
indubitably
objectively
obstreperously
outrageously
periodically
predictably
spontaneously
understandably

2. Synonyms for house:

Dwelling
Quarters
Abode
Home
Territory
Apartment
Habitat
Domicile
Residence
Lodging


3. Interjections:

Sweet!
Woohoo!
Yay!
Yippee!
Wheee!

4. Adjectives that deal with extreme weather events:

Devastating
Downpour
Massive (earthquake)
Torrential
Violently rotating (tornado)

5. Words that cannot be rhymed:

Purple
Camera

9:53 PM  
Anonymous watercat said...

And to add to the hurricane discussion, I really want to know WHY people in Dallas are filling up their bathtubs in case our water lines break. I mean, the forecast isn't calling for more than a few inches of rain here, not even any big wind is expected.....

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"3. The wedding gifts included a clock, a popcorn popper, a plasma TV and seven toasters." This is correct if you use AP style but not other style manuals. Some of us are not reporters!

3:02 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

1. cautiously, dangerously, explosively, fashionably, horrendously, soaringly, swimmingly, viciously

2. habitat, residence, dwelling, pad, nest, crib, home, lair, shelter, flat

3. Yipee! Woo-hoo! Ay! Wow! Yay!

4. tornadic, torrential, tropical, horrific, extreme

5. kitchen, buxom

10:53 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

1. cautiously, dangerously, explosively, fashionably, horrendously, soaringly, swimmingly, viciously

2. habitat, residence, dwelling, pad, nest, crib, home, lair, shelter, flat

3. Yipee! Woo-hoo! Ay! Wow! Yay!

4. tornadic, torrential, tropical, horrific, extreme

5. kitchen, buxom

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

liner got fired b/c smu was good a school for her -- BOTTOM LINE

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Smartest Tractor said...

Answers from Smartest Tractor:
1. My ten adverbs listed alphabetically (not including alphabetically, of course): independently,
foolhardily, gastronomically, halfheartedly, horrifically, identifiably, inappropriately, jauntily, learnedly, and maximally.
2. My ten nouns that are synonyms for house: domicile, residence, dwelling, saltbox, abode, tenement, shack, cabin, condominium, and hut.
3. My five interjections: Wow!, Shit!, Duck!, Ouch!, Bob!
4. My five adjectives for extreme weather events: excessive, driving, intense, unpredictable, and hard.
5. Non-rhyming words: purple and nothing.

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