Curator Knows Best: KnightOwl

(Last Updated On: September 22, 2017)


Sporcle’s own sesquipedalian

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 KnightOwl, curator for the Vocabulary subcategory.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I ran across Sporcle via some embedded quizzes on Mental Floss. Before long, I was playing on the Sporcle site exclusively. I remember the moment when I decided to create an account instead of playing as a guest—the allure of tracking my progress, earning badges, and competing against others snagged me!

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I like big words and I cannot lie! Seriously, one of my favorite words is “sesquipedalian,” which essentially means “someone with an affinity for large words” (from a Latin root that means “a foot and a half long”). I enjoy helping others learn new words and take advantage of the full scope of the amazing English lexicon.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
One of my other favorite words is “defenestrate.” I teach it to almost everyone. It literally means “to throw someone or something through a window.” How awesome is it that there’s a word that means exactly that? Hopefully not a word one gets to use that often in practical life, but it’s somehow all the more cool because of that.

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
•The classic Commonly Misspelled Words is both helpful and humbling.
DesertSpartan has a terrific series on homophones (10 Words, 20 Definitions) that has a nearly 100% publish rate.
•And I think Lingo from the 1980s is totally bodacious.

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I really like vocab quizzes that help us think about English differently or see it from a unique perspective. Some examples:
Homographs (That Shade of Blue Makes Me Blue)
Uncommon Vocabulary
Words of Hawaiian Origin by Definition (and others in the series)
Top Words People Say to Dogs
I also very much enjoy learning the jargon or technical lingo common to various activities or occupations–
The Watchmaking Glossary
Circus Talk
A-Z Moviemaking Vocabulary (shameless plug for a quiz of my own, but one with plenty of fun moviemaking jargon I learned in making it)

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
•I will absolutely play any Marvel quiz from MitchellGoosen, especially his Picture Find quizzes–often more than once. The amount of work he puts into them is astonishing.
•I will also happily play pretty much any quiz about Harry Potter, Disney (or cartoons in general), and 1990’s trivia (like these music clip quizzes from hcd199).

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Sadly, I haven’t even kept up lately with taking with the latest and greatest quizzes, let alone hanging out in the groups. I’m between jobs right now, and that search has kept me busy. However, when things settle down again I look forward to posting more actively in the Contests and Collaborations group. I feel there’s a lot of great innovation happening there.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Send me a Sporcle message any time!

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
NO_r_WAY has 18 publishes to his name, but nearly 500 more contributions waiting in the wings. He is ridiculously prolific across a number of categories and still keeps the bar set high.
bareodin2 consistently cranks out terrific word quizzes, garnering a lot of CPs and EPs, but not so many publishes—yet.
Tootsnsuch is another high volume quizmaker with a comparatively low number of publishes. Many quality quizzes worth a further peek!

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
The worst thing about
A haiku is that you’ve just
Gotten started when

I bought the world’s worst thesaurus yesterday. Not only is it terrible, it’s also terrible.

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Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.