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Friday

Public Address Word Quiz



The language of top government
officials at various press conferences
and public appearances provides us
with this list of test words. How many
of them can you correctly define? As
always, the answers are located in
"comments" just below. Tell how many

you got right - if you like - along with your
name & State/Country.


1. agenda (n.) - A: schedule. B: assignment. C: addition.
D: common practice.

2. annex (v.) - A: to destroy. B: add to. C: interpret.
D: cross out.

3. defray (v.) - A: to use together. B: pull back. C: pro-
vide money for. D: cheat.

4. dictate (v.) - A: to explain. B: defend. C: understand.
D: require.

5. renegade (adj.) - A: traitorous. B: destitute.
C: cowardly. D: uncontrollable.

6. humanitarian (adj.) - A: patriotic. B: philanthropic.
C: common. D: misanthropic.

7. unwarranted (adj.) - A: nonaggressive. B: unexpected.
C: disenchanted. D: not justifiable.

8. modality (n.) - A: form or pattern. B: transition.
C: difficulty. D: experiment.

9. logistics (n.) - A: new concepts. B: game theory.
C: organization of supplies. D: normality.

10. base (adj.) - A: substantial. B: contemptible. C: reason-
able. D: average.

11. profiteer (v.) - A: to harass. B: make excess profits.
C: predict. D: compete.

12. implement (v.) - A: to pry open. B: put into effect.
C: penetrate. D: lead or direct.

13. transitory (adj.) - A: unimportant. B: imperfect.
C: temporary. D: fragile.

14. flag (v.) - A: to be enthusiastic. B: lose strength.
C: punish. D: challenge.

15. interdiction (n.) - A: decree forbidding something.
B: firmness. C: accusation of wrongdoing. D: plea for leni-
ency.

16. format (n.) - A: adherence to standards. B: repetition.
C: explanation. D: structure or arrangement.

17. extraneous (adj.) - A: inconspicuous. B: noticeable.
C: unusual. D: irrelevant.

18. sequester (v.) - A: to follow. B: round up. C: withdraw.
D: question closely.

19. mediator (n.) - person who A: intrudes. B: settles dis-
putes. C: is thoughtful. D: makes demands.

20. resolute (adj.) - A: determined. B: blunt. C: opinion-
ated. D: cruel.

2 Comments:

Blogger 'Thought & Humor' said...

Here are the answers (along with the other choices):

1. agenda (n.) - A: schedule. B: assignment. C: addition.
D: common practice.
A: Schedule; list of things to do, especially
for a meeting; as, an agenda for trade negotiations. Latin.

2. annex (v.) - A: to destroy. B: add to. C: interpret.
D: cross out.
B: To add to; take by force; incorporate the territory of our
country, state or municipality into another; as, the town
annexed the property for a park. Latin annexus (joined).

3. defray (v.) - A: to use together. B: pull back. C: pro-
vide money for. D: cheat.
C: To provide money for expenses; as, Contributions from
various sources help defray the cost of maintaining bridges.
Old French defraier.

4. dictate (v.) - A: to explain. B: defend. C: understand.
D: require.
D: To require; have need of; as, Additional policy-making
sessions will be held as circumstances dictate. Latin
dictare (to say repeatedly).

5. renegade (adj.) - A: traitorous. B: destitute.
C: cowardly. D: uncontrollable.
A: Traitorous; deserting one cause for another; as, A
renegade group broke up the rally. Latin renegare (to deny).

6. humanitarian (adj.) - A: patriotic. B: philanthropic.
C: common. D: misanthropic.
B: Philanthropic; benevolent; concerned with eliminating
suffering; as, a humanitarian effort to help the homeless.
Latin humanus (human).

7. unwarranted (adj.) - A: nonaggressive. B: unexpected.
C: disenchanted. D: not justifiable.
D: Not justifiable; uncalled for; as, unwarranted criticism.
English un- (not) and Old French garantir (to guarantee).

8. modality (n.) - A: form or pattern. B: transition.
C: difficulty. D: experiment.
A: Form; conformity to a pattern; as, Recent events
necessitate new modalities in foreign policy. Latin modus
(manner).

9. logistics (n.) - A: new concepts. B: game theory.
C: organization of supplies. D: normality.
C: Organization of supplies, transporting troops and the
like, for a military operation. Greek logistikos (skilled in
calculation).

10. base (adj.) - A: substantial. B: contemptible. C: reason-
able. D: average.
B: Contemptible; mean-spirited; dishonorable; as, the base
treatment of refugees. Latin bassus (low).

11. profiteer (v.) - A: to harass. B: make excess profits.
C: predict. D: compete.
: To make excess profits, particularly by exploiting a short-
age of goods. Latin proficere (to gain).

12. implement (v.) - A: to pry open. B: put into effect.
C: penetrate. D: lead or direct.
B: To put into effect; accomplish; fulfill; as, to implement
fully the budget requirements. Latin implere (to fill up).

13. transitory (adj.) - A: unimportant. B: imperfect.
C: temporary. D: fragile.
C: Temporary; existing for a short time only; as, a political
alliance that is more than transitory. Latin transire (to
pass).

14. flag (v.) - A: to be enthusiastic. B: lose strength.
C: punish. D: challenge.
B: To lose strength or weaken; as, their efforts flagged.
Perhaps from Old Norse flakka (to flutter).

15. interdiction (n.) - A: decree forbidding something.
B: firmness. C: accusation of wrongdoing. D: plea for leni-
ency.
A: Decree that forbids or prohibits; as, interdictions
against free speech. Latin interdicere (to stop, outlaw).

16. format (n.) - A: adherence to standards. B: repetition.
C: explanation. D: structure or arrangement.
D: General structure or arrangement; as, The meeting will
have an inflexible format. Latin formare (to shape).

17. extraneous (adj.) - A: inconspicuous. B: noticeable.
C: unusual. D: irrelevant.
D: Irrelevant; not related to or pertinent; as, extraneous
developments. Latin extraneus (external, foreign).

18. sequester (v.) - A: to follow. B: round up. C: withdraw.
D: question closely.
C: To withdraw; set apart; seize; as, to sequester or with-
hold funds to meet government deficit targets. Also, to
seclude; as, the jury was sequestered in a hotel. Latin
sequestrare (to surrender for safekeeping).

19. mediator (n.) - person who A: intrudes. B: settles dis-
putes. C: is thoughtful. D: makes demands.
B: Person who tries to bring about an agreement in disputes;
as, Mediators helped resolve the boundary conflict. Latin
mediare (to be in the middle).

20. resolute (adj.) - A: determined. B: blunt. C: opinion-
ated. D: cruel.
A: Showing great determination; steady in purpose; unwaver-
ing; as, a resolute commitment to saving the environment.
Latin resolvere (to resolve).

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4:43 PM  
Blogger Alanna said...

Only 11, yikes! -Alanna, BC, Canada

9:10 AM  

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