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Can you name the words ending in 's', from A-Z, none of which are plurals?
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State of extreme happiness
Statue of gigantic size
Female equivalent or wife of a duke
Koalas' food of choice
Thin thread important for dental hygiene
Someone possessing extraordinary intelligence or aptitude
Oft-maligned Scottish food made from sheep's meat
Long-legged wading bird
Home of Dorothy Gale
African species of water lily, usually white in colour
Very large city or urban area
Enemy or source of great misery
Egyptian God of the afterlife
Australian egg-laying mammal
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Anxiety or worry
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Non-Plural '-S' Words (A-Z) Quiz
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Oct 9th, 2012 at 04:07 GMT
You were on a roll today! Another great one.
Oct 9th, 2012 at 11:07 GMT
Nice idea. Bit too much time I think. Typo on F - should be thin tHread.
Oct 9th, 2012 at 20:08 GMT
Could you also accept Megalopolis for Metropolis?
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Oct 9th, 2012 at 22:42 GMT
a little on the easy side - could guess most words without even looking at the first letter or thinking about the spelling
Game published: Oct 17th, 2012 at 17:00 GMT
Oct 17th, 2012 at 17:56 GMT
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:01 GMT
This quiz stole my picture! I'll be expecting royalties: Poseidon, 1 Trident Way, Mediterranean Sea, Earth
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:10 GMT
Wow, I knew Star Trek 10 was unpopular, but "source of great misery"?
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:11 GMT
Why is Poseidon the picture for this quiz? That sculpture is in Copenhagen- and it's not a colossus. Did someone think it was Zeus?
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:18 GMT
another minute would be nice
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:33 GMT
you did this just for the J answer, right?
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:35 GMT
How do I NOT see the alphabet on the right?
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:35 GMT
Yes, genius: this was bliss. Alas, stress was nemesis.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 18:45 GMT
... none of which *is* a plural.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 19:12 GMT
Fooled by lotus. I always associated it with Asia. Never knew there was an African variety.
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Oct 17th, 2012 at 19:26 GMT
@ChileNoseJam: Wrong. The word "none" can take a singular or plural verb depending on the accompanying prepositional phrase and whether it refers to a singular or plural subject.
In this case, the phrase "of which" refers back to "the words"--a PLURAL. IOW, "none of which" means "none of the words" so "none" takes a plural verb. (However, the words "nobody," "nothing," and "no one" all take singular verbs.)
Oct 17th, 2012 at 19:29 GMT
Kudos to you, citkeane!
Oct 17th, 2012 at 19:32 GMT
I'm not sure what happened but--somehow--I scored 100% in just 1 second. (That's the way my score reads.) I started playing and the clock simply didn't budge. I played another game where the clock wouldn't run for a while, then suddenly the countdown just zoomed--20 seconds would count down in 2 or 3 seconds. But this one--nothing. (I have no way of knowing exactly how long it really took to complete this game, and since I got them all right, replaying it won't give me a fair time.) Has anyone else had this problem?
Oct 17th, 2012 at 20:07 GMT
I, too, thought that flower was Asian. Not sure why. Appears in plenty of myths, but I never associated it wirh Africa. Learn something new.... Great quiz. Now can we get people to stop putting apostrophes after these words to form possessives (or plurals) as if they WERE plurals? Bliss' is not a word. Bliss's means something belongs to Bliss, and Blisses would be the plural. ....sigh....
Oct 17th, 2012 at 20:12 GMT
@Zak6009: Man, that should totally be the word for K!
Oct 17th, 2012 at 20:14 GMT
@BamaRainbow... do you have a source for that "none" trivia? As I understand it, none stands in (without the usual conjunction apostrophe) for not one, suggesting singluar verbs are appropriate. The "of" in the phrase also implies picking something (singular, an apple for example) out of a group (plural, a basketful of apples). As an example, talking about a track team in US English. As a team, they are fast. As an individual, Joe is fast. But none of them is faster than Phil is. Meaning no individual is faster than Phil. Not sure how to create a plural example that makes sense to me, unless maybe you are talking about a plurality of plural nouns--multiple track teams (for which you can they are fast as a team)--There are ten teams, but none are faster than The Huskies. Eh, still, in US English, collective nouns get singularized.... getting too far off topic here, but always willing to learn more, if you can help. Cheers,
Oct 17th, 2012 at 21:01 GMT
Taking the term dialect to mean spoken language of a region or of the street, I would question the use of the word to describe the fully-functioning culturally rich language that is Quebec French or Quebecois. An example of a Quebec dialect would be "joual"(corruption of "cheval", horse) which is the dialect spoken in the west of the province.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 21:04 GMT
correction - sheep intestines
Oct 17th, 2012 at 21:10 GMT
@BamaRainbow: I don't know whether to tell you that none of us
having this problem or none of us
having this problem.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 21:17 GMT
@chikka2: A dialect is a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary, and by its use by a group of speakers who are set off from others geographically or socially. That is an accurate description of the relationship between Quebecois and French.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 21:26 GMT
Elements of Style
seems to agree with @BamaRainbow: "A plural verb is commonly used when 'none' suggests more than one thing or person." I think you could go either way in this case, and to my ear the plural sounds better.
Oct 17th, 2012 at 22:39 GMT
If I was a dinosaur, I'd be a thesaurus.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 01:34 GMT
Not that this really matters in regard to this quiz (which was a lot of fun, by the way, great concept!), but the definition I have for dialect is "a regional variety of language distinguished by features of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation from other regional varieties and constituting together with them a single language." I don't think it's accurate to say that Quebec French is a regional variety of French anymore. It would have been one in the 1700s, but 300 years later, it is now well-established and an official language of Canada. Do you also refer to American English as a dialect of English, because the United States was colonized by the British? Technically, it may be one, but you'd never see it worded that way. It is the same exact situation with French. Quebec French as a language has pretty much the same status as French from France nowadays, so if you refer to one as a dialect, then logically, the other one would also be a dialect (a regional variety that differs from "other regional varieties"), and then all languages would be dialects.. and it may very well be the case, but no one ever calls them that, so I don't see why Quebec French would be the exception :)
Oct 18th, 2012 at 02:00 GMT
There are actually lots of different plants called "lotus" that grow all over the world. The clue makes it look like you are looking for the name of a specific plant that grows only in Africa. Might want to change the clue.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 02:00 GMT
Great quiz! I was kind of messed up for a second by the African water lily question too. I always associated the lotus with Ancient Egypt. Then I realized, "Wait,Egypt is in Africa! Duh!" Man, sometimes I make myself feel really stupid...
Oct 18th, 2012 at 06:34 GMT
@EllaCanning: Of course American English is a dialect of English, as is British English. Apply your own definition to the facts: American English and British English are distinguished from each other by features of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, but they, together with the other dialects of English, together constitute the language "English." The same is true of Quebecois and Parisian French, along with the other dialects of French. "Dialect" isn't a derogatory term, it doesn't minimize the status of what it is applied to. Regionally spoken dialects are just different forms of the same language.
Oct 18th, 2012 at 06:53 GMT
@shampoowoody - a correctio to your correction!
The sheep's pluck does not include intestines - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haggis
Oct 18th, 2012 at 08:21 GMT
totally tried 'anubis', then 'horus', then 'isis', then remembered the alphabet hints...
Oct 18th, 2012 at 10:43 GMT
@Bobman1: "do you have a source for that 'none' trivia?" I can give you one. Excerpted from "The New Fowler's Modern English Usage" 2nd Edition: "It is a mistake to suppose that the pronoun is singular only and must at all costs be followed by singular verbs or pronouns. It should be borne in mind that none is not a shortening of no one but is the regular descendent of [Old English] nân (pronoun) 'none, not one'. At all times since the reign of King Alfred the choice of plural or singular in the accompanying verbs, etc., has been governed by the surrounding words or by the notional sense [...] Verdict: use a singular verb where possible but if the notion of plurality is present a plural verb has been optional since the OE period and in some circumstances is desirable. The type 'None of them have finished their essays' is better than the clumsy '...has finished his or her essay.'"
Oct 18th, 2012 at 12:29 GMT
African species of water lily, usually white in colour: Lillies. *headslap*
Oct 20th, 2012 at 08:46 GMT
I face BamaRainbow's problem all the time with a weak system (512MB RAM, Celeron 360 processor, Vista, latest Firefox, etc.) But what's changed for me is that in the past when the quiz froze, so did the timer, resuming at the second it had been frozen. Now, as BamaRainbow reports, the timer keeps running while you can't do anything.
Oct 21st, 2012 at 06:34 GMT
Nemesis...A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent.
Oct 30th, 2012 at 12:12 GMT
Lotus are native to Asia. There are also lotus native to North America and the Caribbean. Stating it was an African species threw me way off, because it made it sound like it was ONLY an African species.
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