A post in another thread reminded me of a quiz I posted years ago. I thought I'd repeat it here. Even if you saw it then the chances are that you won't remember the answers.
Today I bought a copy of the Oxford Dictionary of 20th Century Words.
Browsing through it I thought I'd set a new quiz.
The rules are simple.
All you have to do is guess the decade in which the word or phrase first appeared in print according to the OED archives. Many have earlier oral usage.
No looking them up, no researching, just straight guessing based on your own existing knowledge.
There are three from each decade in the 20th century.
5. credit card
6. crop circle
7. crossword puzzle
8. double glazing
10. economical with the truth
11. ethnic cleansing
12. false memory syndrome
13. family vlues
14. feel good factor
15. f*** off
17. human resources
20. nouvelle cuisine
21. organised crime
23. sound bite
24. speed camera
26. tabloid journalism
27. theme park
28. war crime
30. yellow pages
I originally awarded half points for being one decade off but this time round now half points.
I am not good at this sort of thing and will take the risk of looking ignorant. But I'll give it a try. Should I send to you or post here?
I have no recollection of the quiz so I'd like the half points, please.
Here, as nobody will know if you are right or wrong.
And as far as I can see Kalleh you didn't attempt it first time round though shu did and scored 12.
I am sure I didn't because I am not good at these sorts of things, as I said above. And, if I put them here, of course people can see what my answers are. Anyway, here goes:
Well it does say that there are three from each decade though you didn't follow that and you didn't put any down in the first decade (00-09) but your scores are
6 correct and 9 out by just one decade.
If you would like to change any answers so that you have some in each decade then you can have a go though remember your score could go down instead of up.
I missed that! Nah. I won't do any better. I wish someone else would participate - and if they do, don't copy my answers.
I read through them and didn't know any. I thought they were all from the incunabular period. But, since nobody circulated them, nobody knows.
Well at least you didn't make a fool of yourself, like I did.
I left out: double glazing, feel good factor, and f*** off. Ended up with one too many under 50's & 80's.
Aughts. Economical with the truth
Teens. Crossword puzzle.
20's. Organised crime, tabloid journalism
30's. Bulldozer, hovercraft, sado-masochism
40's. Motorcade, war crime, yellow pages
50's. Astronaut, chain store, antibiotic, superpower
60's. Credit card, Xerox, theme park
70's. Downsize, family values, crop circle
80's. False memory syndrome, human resources, kareoke
90's. Ethnic cleansing, nouvelle cuisine, sound bite
Expecting a terrible score!
bethree5... 7 spot on, another 8 only missed by a decade
Wow! She's good! Annnnd, she's BACK!!! Very glad to see you again!!!
Yes, Bethree, it's great to see you!
Hi all, thanks & good to be back.
So Bob is there a link to correct answers?
economical with the truth
feel good factor
false memory syndrome
Now, someone post a quiz for Bob to take! He is always giving us the quizzes.