Unreal Words

THIRD GROUP

 

21 loofah, loofa, luffa

a) a very foolish and silly person

b) a rare but noisy bird found in south east Asia

c) a vegetable sponge

 

22 trivet

a) a type of drivel but with two legs

b) a metal stand for a cooking pot

c) a trivial item of information

 

23 yurti

a) a tent used by nomads in Mongolia

b) a mysterious creature which lives in Tibet

c) a milk-based curd made in Turkey

 

24 howlah

a) a seat for riding on an elephant's back

b) a South American monkey

c) an oriental water-cooled pipe for smoking tobacco or marijuana

 

25 howitzer

a) a type of dog bred in Holland for hunting foxes

b) a type of gun which gets its name from a Dutch word

c) a greeting commonly used in western Germany

 

26 speleologist

a) someone who studies caves

b) a specialist in the history of spelling

c) in past centuries, an alchemist or sorcerer

 

27 bipeddle

a) having two legs

b) having to feet

c) riding on a bicycle made for two people

 

28 reiterate

a) verb: to say again

b) adjective: difficult, testy, irritable

c) noun: a type of mineral ore

 

29 expectorate

a) to expect (in the original form of the verb)

b) to pan for gold

c) to spit

 

30 prognostician

a) someone who foretells the future

b) a doctor who helps expectant mothers

c) a person who studies epidemiological medicine

 

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Answers

 

THIRD GROUP

 

21 loofah, loofa, luffa

A vegetable sponge. It’s a sponge, but it does not come from the sea. Look it up!

 

22 trivet

c) A metal stand for a cooking pot, usually with three legs.

 

23 yurti

None of those meanings. It's not a real word. Perhaps you were thinking of yurt, yeti or yoghurt?

 

24 howlah

It's an invented word. Maybe you were thinking of howdah, howler or hookah?

 

25 howitzer

b) A type of gun which gets its name from the Dutch word houwitser which came from German Haubitze which came from Czech houfnice.

 

26 speleologist

a) Someone who studies caves

 

27 bipeddle

A nonsense word that might sound something like bipedal.

 

28 reiterate

a) It is a verb: to say again

 

29 expectorate

c) To spit. This word worried me when I was a boy. There were signs in the local buses, ‘Do Not Expectorate’, and I didn’t understand what it was that I mustn’t do.

 

30 prognostician

Sorry, no such word. For words which look like it, go to prognosis in a large dictionary.

 

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