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'B' Antonyms Quiz
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Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:38 GMT
I hope none of the antonyms are obscure or cross-over at all. If something is dubious, please comment!
Jan 28th, 2013 at 13:45 GMT
Bad --> Brilliant!
Jan 28th, 2013 at 13:56 GMT
These are fun! I especially like the use of uncommon words. Makes me less of an ignoramus.
Jan 28th, 2013 at 18:39 GMT
As a maths student, how can the antonym of converge be anything other than diverge
Jan 29th, 2013 at 10:34 GMT
Something really weird just happened. I am positive that I should have gotten at least one wrong because the tile shook its head when I chose it, but when I got to the end of the quiz I still had a few guesses left. Was this intentional? I had 29 Questions, 29 Correct and 1 Wrong, but amazingly the clock was still ticking so I clicked on the 2 remaining tiles, and then the quiz announced that I had gotten "ALL 30 answers correct. I played the quiz one more time on a different browser while logged off of my account , and the same thing happened. Do you know how to allow bonus guesses like this? Is this an accident in this quiz's creation? I didn't deserve to get all the answers correct. I feel exactly how Lance Armstrong should have felt (if he were human) after winning all those races. I didn't deserve to win.
Jan 29th, 2013 at 13:00 GMT
Surely the opposite of "both" is "neither"?
Game published: Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:00 GMT
Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:11 GMT
So that's why they called it Barbasol!
Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:21 GMT
Guess I'd B lying if I said I knew all those words.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 15:49 GMT
Pretty clever stuff. It's great for learning new vocabulary.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:20 GMT
Am I completely amiss to think that the a better-suited antonym to "both" is "neither" as opposed to "either"?
Mar 6th, 2013 at 16:49 GMT
I totally thought the Duck Tales writers made up the word "Blatherskite". Now that I've learned something, I think I'll go back to my cartoons.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 17:06 GMT
Besmirch is usually used as relating to insult, so a better antonym would be praise, IMHO
Mar 6th, 2013 at 17:09 GMT
no, besmirch is closer to tarnish (like a reputation).... the quiz is accurate
Mar 6th, 2013 at 18:03 GMT
dmacp: you are referring to the popular, rather than the accurate, rendering of 'besmirch'. It actually means 'to taint' and so 'purify' acts as the better antonym.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 18:06 GMT
Good quiz. Difficult too. One source only tells me that baccate is "Pulpy throughout like a berry." "Unfruitful" wouldn't be an antonym of that. However, other sources tell me that it is "bearing berries." Come on, dictionaries, get it straight!
Mar 6th, 2013 at 18:58 GMT
@Joe Beta: But his cheating was premeditated, broke rules, committed perjury, could be tried, might wind up in jail and is now totally disgraced. Ur 'triumph' was just a computer quirk so I think we'll all forgive u if we wind up in a lower %tile. And at least uhave a conscience.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 19:14 GMT
@Jeff: So your suggesting we should add the pair Beta / Armstrong to the quiz?
Mar 6th, 2013 at 19:45 GMT
Then unfortunately, the semi-pun that instantly sprung to mind about 'Susan B. Antonym' must be the opposite of funny.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 21:32 GMT
OED defines "baccate" as "bearing berries." I don't think the opposite of that is "unfruitful." There are lots of other fruits besides berries. For example, an orange tree is not "baccate" but is also not "unfruitful." I think you're conflating "bearing berries" with being generally fruitful/bountiful, and "baccate" doesn't mean that.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 21:43 GMT
I really don't think that 'banal' is an antonym of 'original'. To me, the former means 'dull', 'commonplace', or 'pointless', whereas the latter means 'new', 'unthought of' 'only just begun'. I would suggest that the antonym of 'banal' is something more like 'exciting', 'unusual', or perhaps best of all, 'remarkable'. I am British, and perhaps the usage differs in other English speaking countries, in which case I concede the point.
Mar 6th, 2013 at 22:28 GMT
I didn't realize I knew all those words.
Mar 7th, 2013 at 12:51 GMT
I would agree that a fair few of these are not antonyms in the true sense of the word.
Mar 8th, 2013 at 03:47 GMT
I really liked this one, hope you do some more with other letters.
Mar 8th, 2013 at 13:29 GMT
@rockgolf: Based on his initial comment and my reply, maybe, but think Beta/VHS might work better.
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