Curator Knows Best: ZYX


When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.

This week we feature ZYX, curator for the Definition and Latin subcategories.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
My son introduced me to the site, probably in early 2011. I forget now whether the first quiz he showed me was a Clip quiz or a Geography quiz, but I soon found that there were thousands of quizzes I would enjoy playing. Before long I set up an account so I could track my progress, make comments and rate the ones I really liked. After a couple of years I started making quizzes too, just occasionally at first.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I thought I would like to be more involved with Sporcle. I like discovering new quizmakers. Looking at the vacancies available at the time, Definition seemed like the best fit for my interests and knowledge. When the Latin subcategory fell vacant I was very keen to get it, because I studied Latin and Classical Greek at school and then at university.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Definition: I’m Scottish and in a perverse way I’ve always liked this putdown disguised as a definition from Dr Johnson’s dictionary: ‘Oats: a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.’ .
Latin: As for Latin, there’s a fantastic sentence from the Roman historian Tacitus. He wrote about the Emperor, “Galba Omnium consensu capax imperii nisi imperasset” (“All would have pronounced him worthy of empire if he had never been emperor”). I love the way it takes more than twice as many English words as Latin to say that. Language is endlessly fascinating.

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Sounds Almost the Same Slideshow
Indefinite Definitions (series)

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Definition: Deceptionitions – great series. Word Web and Word Web – same name, different approaches, beautifully executed in both cases.
Latin: Holiday Dates in Latin – more of a logic test than a Latin quiz. Really clever. Quatrains with Latin Puns and Hitchcock Films in Latin are both good fun.

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Very hard to narrow this down! I love word ladders. The Geography picture click quizzes produced by teedslaststand, markassonne, PrincessMartell and timmylemoine1 (amongst others) over the last year or so have massively improved my knowledge of world geography, especially borders, and they’re great fun too. Fantasy Dinner Parties is possibly my favourite series of quizzes. Beautifully done. My favourite quiz on Sporcle is Most Populous Jewish Cities (1939). It’s extremely well put together, I learned a lot from it, and it’s very poignant.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I look at Recent Discussions regularly. The Sporcle community is very strong and supportive, and I love to see people congratulating someone for a big achievement like getting the Honor Roll or Dean’s List badge.

How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Message through Sporcle.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
That’s a hard one as there are so many incredibly talented people making quizzes on Sporcle. A name that’s deservedly recurred in this series has been Scuadrado, who produces excellent quizzes in all sorts of categories (this one, for example: Ain’t it an Ant?). I was pleased to see savoyard1 and benwc97 doing well recently, as they’ve both produced excellent quizzes which I’ve been very happy to CP.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
A classics professor goes to a tailor to get his trousers mended. The tailor asks: “Euripides?” The professor replies: “Yes. Eumenides?”