A Quiz by any other name. . .

 Anne here. Tonight I'm going to a "trivia night." It's to help raise money to send a couple of local boys (ie from Australia) to a basketball tournament in the USA. Isn't it wonderful that kids can get opportunities like this?

TrivPursuitI'm not sure when the word "trivia" came to mean bits of random information rather than small, unimportant matters — probably from the game Trivial Pursuits. Wikipedia suggests it arose as far back as 1965, but there's no citation but certainly in 1982 the game Trivial Pursuit hit the shops and swept the world and from then on trivia was all about little snippets of odd knowledge.

When I was a kid it was simply called "general knowledge" and at school and sometimes at home (particularly during long car journeys) we used to have general knowledge quizzes. Mum and Dad in the front seat of the car would fire off questions and we kids would scribble down our answers — no yelling them out, my parents weren't stupid. Points would be given and the winner… actually, I don't remember what the winner got. Being the baby of the family, I was never the winner, and by the time I was old enough to remember stuff, all the other kids had grown up and left home, and there was a competition of one. 🙁   Dublin_theatreroyal_19thcentury

Do you know where the word "quiz" came from?

You've probably heard the story about how, in 1791, the owner of the Dublin Theatre Royal, (that's it on the right,) Richard Daly made a bet that he could introduce a new word into the English language within 48 hours. He had his staff write the word QUIZ on buildings and public places all around the city. The next day everyone was talking about this strange word, asking "What is it?" and "What does it mean?" and soon it had become part of the language.

QuizofahatIt's a great story and I believe it's true; the trouble is, the word quiz was already in use in England. It meant an odd or eccentric person; someone whose appearance was peculiar or ridiculous.  Fanny Burney used it in her diary in 1782: "He's a droll quiz, and I rather like him."

The word 'quiz' meaning odd or peculiar in general became quite fashionable during the Regency; Jane Austen wrote in Northanger Abbey "Where did you get that quiz of a hat?"

It could also mean to tease, make fun or or mock a person; to satirize something or to talk wittily. From the OED (Oxford English Dictionary):1801 Edgeworth in Moral Tales: He spent his time in..ridiculing, or, in his own phrase, quizzing every sensible young man." This usage has pretty much died out.

By 1802 the monocle, a single eyeglass with or without a handle, was being called a quizzing glass, or occasionally a quizzer. Presumably one used it to peer at odd-looking people, or in the words of the OED, to regard with amusement or scorn; to appraise mockingly, to peer inquisitively at; to watch or examine closely, to interrogate with the eye. Quizzingglasslady

By 1843 quizzed was being used as a word that simply meant to question or interrogate, with no particular reference to oddity or peculiarity.

And finally, the word was used to describe a process of question and answer to test the understanding or educational progress of a student or class of students by means of a quiz. From the OED: 1866   Harper's Mag. June 134/2   Professor I-I..quizzed them [sc. his class] thoroughly on the difference between fracture of the skull and concussion of the brain, and was pleased to see that all understood it.

How accurate are these dates?

The problem with claiming a word was or was not in use by a particular date is always a tricky one because etymological dictionaries, which give us the final word on such matters, must rely on documented — ie written sources. Yet it is reasonable to assume that a new word would be spoken before it appeared in some written or printed source.

MuscadinsI well remembered the debate I had with the editor of my first book when she objected to my use of the word "mesmerised", which according to the OED wasn't used until 1829 (R. Chenevix in London Med. & Physical Jrnl. 6 222,   I mesmerised the patient through the door.)

I argued that since Franz Mesmer, from whose name the word was coined, had died in 1815, and the height of his fame had come more than thirty years before, it was quite likely that the term might be in common spoken use well before it was ever written down. Further, that the OED relied on documents that had survived and were in the public domain, which meant the dates it gives of "first use" for a word are at most, a conservative guess, not an absolute fact. All it takes to change that date is an earlier written reference. If Fanny Burney's diaries hadn't survived, for instance, the word quiz wouldn't have been dated as 1782 but several years later.

I lost the argument, of course — one generally does with editors, and in restrospect it was a good call, because some people look up words to check and then write to tell authors they were wrong. From memory I used the word "entranced" instead. But I still maintain that words came into oral use first and only later did they make their way into written or printed documents.

However, enough of this um, trivia — I have a trivia night to go to. I expect to look something of a quiz, as I'm the MC and I'll be wearing my green foam Statue of Liberty hat, a souvenir from the 200th birthday of the lovely lady when I was first in New York. 

What about you? Do you enjoy trivia? Quizzes? Have you ever been to a trivia night or event? And if you like to do quizzes, here's a link to a regency quiz. Have a go and tell us how you went. 

 

95 thoughts on “A Quiz by any other name. . .”

  1. 675/1000 7 correct – a passing score… Love trivia questions…well, some trivia questions…if it has to do with history…

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  2. 675/1000 7 correct – a passing score… Love trivia questions…well, some trivia questions…if it has to do with history…

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  3. 675/1000 7 correct – a passing score… Love trivia questions…well, some trivia questions…if it has to do with history…

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  4. 675/1000 7 correct – a passing score… Love trivia questions…well, some trivia questions…if it has to do with history…

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  5. 675/1000 7 correct – a passing score… Love trivia questions…well, some trivia questions…if it has to do with history…

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  6. I got all of the first ones right.Didn’t have time to sign up for more.
    I am with you on Mesmerized. I thought I saw it in period publications. Might have been one about using electricity to cure ailements.
    I know people who routinely update the OED as to the earliest use of a word. The editors are good but not infallible.

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  7. I got all of the first ones right.Didn’t have time to sign up for more.
    I am with you on Mesmerized. I thought I saw it in period publications. Might have been one about using electricity to cure ailements.
    I know people who routinely update the OED as to the earliest use of a word. The editors are good but not infallible.

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  8. I got all of the first ones right.Didn’t have time to sign up for more.
    I am with you on Mesmerized. I thought I saw it in period publications. Might have been one about using electricity to cure ailements.
    I know people who routinely update the OED as to the earliest use of a word. The editors are good but not infallible.

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  9. I got all of the first ones right.Didn’t have time to sign up for more.
    I am with you on Mesmerized. I thought I saw it in period publications. Might have been one about using electricity to cure ailements.
    I know people who routinely update the OED as to the earliest use of a word. The editors are good but not infallible.

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  10. I got all of the first ones right.Didn’t have time to sign up for more.
    I am with you on Mesmerized. I thought I saw it in period publications. Might have been one about using electricity to cure ailements.
    I know people who routinely update the OED as to the earliest use of a word. The editors are good but not infallible.

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  11. Well done, Nancy — I have to say I’m not surprised by your score. I think the editors of the OED do a fine job — but more and more documents are being discovered all the time., so their work is never done.

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  12. Well done, Nancy — I have to say I’m not surprised by your score. I think the editors of the OED do a fine job — but more and more documents are being discovered all the time., so their work is never done.

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  13. Well done, Nancy — I have to say I’m not surprised by your score. I think the editors of the OED do a fine job — but more and more documents are being discovered all the time., so their work is never done.

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  14. Well done, Nancy — I have to say I’m not surprised by your score. I think the editors of the OED do a fine job — but more and more documents are being discovered all the time., so their work is never done.

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  15. Well done, Nancy — I have to say I’m not surprised by your score. I think the editors of the OED do a fine job — but more and more documents are being discovered all the time., so their work is never done.

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  16. I love quiz programs. I began watching the TV show Jeopardy when I was 10 and in 2001, I realized a dream when I became a Jeopardy champion. I never realized I knew so much about Madonna!!

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  17. I love quiz programs. I began watching the TV show Jeopardy when I was 10 and in 2001, I realized a dream when I became a Jeopardy champion. I never realized I knew so much about Madonna!!

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  18. I love quiz programs. I began watching the TV show Jeopardy when I was 10 and in 2001, I realized a dream when I became a Jeopardy champion. I never realized I knew so much about Madonna!!

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  19. I love quiz programs. I began watching the TV show Jeopardy when I was 10 and in 2001, I realized a dream when I became a Jeopardy champion. I never realized I knew so much about Madonna!!

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  20. I love quiz programs. I began watching the TV show Jeopardy when I was 10 and in 2001, I realized a dream when I became a Jeopardy champion. I never realized I knew so much about Madonna!!

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  21. I love trivia quizzes. During the height of the popularity of Trivial Pursuit here, friends used to host Trivia parties where we played in teams into the wee hours of the morning. Trivia contests were a feature at bars during my grad school days. We played in teams there too, and since the prizes were cash or free food cards, the contests were very competitive near the end of the month when the funds of poor grad students ran low. One of my friends was engaged to a ABD in engineering, and we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win. Fun times!
    Board games were a popular pasttime with my family when I was a child, and Go to the Head of the Class, an earlier trivia game, was a favorite. A very different scene from the grad school bar days, but also great fun.
    And I got ten of ten on the Regency quiz. It shows how much thirty plus years of reading Regency-set romances have taught me.

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  22. I love trivia quizzes. During the height of the popularity of Trivial Pursuit here, friends used to host Trivia parties where we played in teams into the wee hours of the morning. Trivia contests were a feature at bars during my grad school days. We played in teams there too, and since the prizes were cash or free food cards, the contests were very competitive near the end of the month when the funds of poor grad students ran low. One of my friends was engaged to a ABD in engineering, and we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win. Fun times!
    Board games were a popular pasttime with my family when I was a child, and Go to the Head of the Class, an earlier trivia game, was a favorite. A very different scene from the grad school bar days, but also great fun.
    And I got ten of ten on the Regency quiz. It shows how much thirty plus years of reading Regency-set romances have taught me.

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  23. I love trivia quizzes. During the height of the popularity of Trivial Pursuit here, friends used to host Trivia parties where we played in teams into the wee hours of the morning. Trivia contests were a feature at bars during my grad school days. We played in teams there too, and since the prizes were cash or free food cards, the contests were very competitive near the end of the month when the funds of poor grad students ran low. One of my friends was engaged to a ABD in engineering, and we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win. Fun times!
    Board games were a popular pasttime with my family when I was a child, and Go to the Head of the Class, an earlier trivia game, was a favorite. A very different scene from the grad school bar days, but also great fun.
    And I got ten of ten on the Regency quiz. It shows how much thirty plus years of reading Regency-set romances have taught me.

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  24. I love trivia quizzes. During the height of the popularity of Trivial Pursuit here, friends used to host Trivia parties where we played in teams into the wee hours of the morning. Trivia contests were a feature at bars during my grad school days. We played in teams there too, and since the prizes were cash or free food cards, the contests were very competitive near the end of the month when the funds of poor grad students ran low. One of my friends was engaged to a ABD in engineering, and we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win. Fun times!
    Board games were a popular pasttime with my family when I was a child, and Go to the Head of the Class, an earlier trivia game, was a favorite. A very different scene from the grad school bar days, but also great fun.
    And I got ten of ten on the Regency quiz. It shows how much thirty plus years of reading Regency-set romances have taught me.

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  25. I love trivia quizzes. During the height of the popularity of Trivial Pursuit here, friends used to host Trivia parties where we played in teams into the wee hours of the morning. Trivia contests were a feature at bars during my grad school days. We played in teams there too, and since the prizes were cash or free food cards, the contests were very competitive near the end of the month when the funds of poor grad students ran low. One of my friends was engaged to a ABD in engineering, and we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win. Fun times!
    Board games were a popular pasttime with my family when I was a child, and Go to the Head of the Class, an earlier trivia game, was a favorite. A very different scene from the grad school bar days, but also great fun.
    And I got ten of ten on the Regency quiz. It shows how much thirty plus years of reading Regency-set romances have taught me.

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  26. I can’t get to the quiz (boo, hiss, day job). I think we’ve all had the debate about mesmerized either with an editor, a friend, or just with ourselves, LOL! And while I lost that one too, there are words I knowingly use even though they’re not strictly correct (décolletage [they all spoke French, so I don’t see this as a stretch]; mount as a synonym for horse [1856, don’t care, I NEED it!]).

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  27. I can’t get to the quiz (boo, hiss, day job). I think we’ve all had the debate about mesmerized either with an editor, a friend, or just with ourselves, LOL! And while I lost that one too, there are words I knowingly use even though they’re not strictly correct (décolletage [they all spoke French, so I don’t see this as a stretch]; mount as a synonym for horse [1856, don’t care, I NEED it!]).

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  28. I can’t get to the quiz (boo, hiss, day job). I think we’ve all had the debate about mesmerized either with an editor, a friend, or just with ourselves, LOL! And while I lost that one too, there are words I knowingly use even though they’re not strictly correct (décolletage [they all spoke French, so I don’t see this as a stretch]; mount as a synonym for horse [1856, don’t care, I NEED it!]).

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  29. I can’t get to the quiz (boo, hiss, day job). I think we’ve all had the debate about mesmerized either with an editor, a friend, or just with ourselves, LOL! And while I lost that one too, there are words I knowingly use even though they’re not strictly correct (décolletage [they all spoke French, so I don’t see this as a stretch]; mount as a synonym for horse [1856, don’t care, I NEED it!]).

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  30. I can’t get to the quiz (boo, hiss, day job). I think we’ve all had the debate about mesmerized either with an editor, a friend, or just with ourselves, LOL! And while I lost that one too, there are words I knowingly use even though they’re not strictly correct (décolletage [they all spoke French, so I don’t see this as a stretch]; mount as a synonym for horse [1856, don’t care, I NEED it!]).

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  31. Great post, Anne! In my college days we once staged a “life size” game of Trivial Pursuit–with a huge game board laid out on the floor of an auditorium. I was on one of the “question answering” teams that sat on the stage and watched it unfold. Very, very colorful!
    (And I got 10 out of 10 on the quiz. Woot!)

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  32. Great post, Anne! In my college days we once staged a “life size” game of Trivial Pursuit–with a huge game board laid out on the floor of an auditorium. I was on one of the “question answering” teams that sat on the stage and watched it unfold. Very, very colorful!
    (And I got 10 out of 10 on the quiz. Woot!)

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  33. Great post, Anne! In my college days we once staged a “life size” game of Trivial Pursuit–with a huge game board laid out on the floor of an auditorium. I was on one of the “question answering” teams that sat on the stage and watched it unfold. Very, very colorful!
    (And I got 10 out of 10 on the quiz. Woot!)

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  34. Great post, Anne! In my college days we once staged a “life size” game of Trivial Pursuit–with a huge game board laid out on the floor of an auditorium. I was on one of the “question answering” teams that sat on the stage and watched it unfold. Very, very colorful!
    (And I got 10 out of 10 on the quiz. Woot!)

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  35. Great post, Anne! In my college days we once staged a “life size” game of Trivial Pursuit–with a huge game board laid out on the floor of an auditorium. I was on one of the “question answering” teams that sat on the stage and watched it unfold. Very, very colorful!
    (And I got 10 out of 10 on the quiz. Woot!)

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  36. MJ, you’re a Jeopardy Champion? Wow! That’s fantastic. We had that program here, too. We also had a Madonna question in the Trivia game last night.
    It was a great success, by the way. Rita, whose sons are going to the US did an amazing job and there were raffles galore, games between the trivia rounds and a silent auction. A great night was had by all and I hope a heap of money was raised to send those boys on their way.

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  37. MJ, you’re a Jeopardy Champion? Wow! That’s fantastic. We had that program here, too. We also had a Madonna question in the Trivia game last night.
    It was a great success, by the way. Rita, whose sons are going to the US did an amazing job and there were raffles galore, games between the trivia rounds and a silent auction. A great night was had by all and I hope a heap of money was raised to send those boys on their way.

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  38. MJ, you’re a Jeopardy Champion? Wow! That’s fantastic. We had that program here, too. We also had a Madonna question in the Trivia game last night.
    It was a great success, by the way. Rita, whose sons are going to the US did an amazing job and there were raffles galore, games between the trivia rounds and a silent auction. A great night was had by all and I hope a heap of money was raised to send those boys on their way.

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  39. MJ, you’re a Jeopardy Champion? Wow! That’s fantastic. We had that program here, too. We also had a Madonna question in the Trivia game last night.
    It was a great success, by the way. Rita, whose sons are going to the US did an amazing job and there were raffles galore, games between the trivia rounds and a silent auction. A great night was had by all and I hope a heap of money was raised to send those boys on their way.

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  40. MJ, you’re a Jeopardy Champion? Wow! That’s fantastic. We had that program here, too. We also had a Madonna question in the Trivia game last night.
    It was a great success, by the way. Rita, whose sons are going to the US did an amazing job and there were raffles galore, games between the trivia rounds and a silent auction. A great night was had by all and I hope a heap of money was raised to send those boys on their way.

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  41. “we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win.”
    That was more or less the case last night, too, Janga — the team that won had men from “other professions” and women who were mostly english teachers. I don’t remember any board game that contained questions like that — not until Trivial Pursuit, but we used to play “20 questions.”
    I’m not surprised you got 100% on the regency quiz — reading regencies and historicals teaches you a LOT of history.

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  42. “we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win.”
    That was more or less the case last night, too, Janga — the team that won had men from “other professions” and women who were mostly english teachers. I don’t remember any board game that contained questions like that — not until Trivial Pursuit, but we used to play “20 questions.”
    I’m not surprised you got 100% on the regency quiz — reading regencies and historicals teaches you a LOT of history.

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  43. “we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win.”
    That was more or less the case last night, too, Janga — the team that won had men from “other professions” and women who were mostly english teachers. I don’t remember any board game that contained questions like that — not until Trivial Pursuit, but we used to play “20 questions.”
    I’m not surprised you got 100% on the regency quiz — reading regencies and historicals teaches you a LOT of history.

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  44. “we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win.”
    That was more or less the case last night, too, Janga — the team that won had men from “other professions” and women who were mostly english teachers. I don’t remember any board game that contained questions like that — not until Trivial Pursuit, but we used to play “20 questions.”
    I’m not surprised you got 100% on the regency quiz — reading regencies and historicals teaches you a LOT of history.

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  45. “we soon discovered that if the English students and the engineering students teamed up, we were almost sure to win.”
    That was more or less the case last night, too, Janga — the team that won had men from “other professions” and women who were mostly english teachers. I don’t remember any board game that contained questions like that — not until Trivial Pursuit, but we used to play “20 questions.”
    I’m not surprised you got 100% on the regency quiz — reading regencies and historicals teaches you a LOT of history.

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  46. Isobel, shame you couldn’t get to the quiz. As for “mount” I’m sure it was used as a synonym for horse much earlier because it’s the kind of word and usage that is very much spoken and also personal. Written language was much more formal then, and while people might have referred to their mount in a letter or a diary, those documents probably haven’t survived to be dated.

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  47. Isobel, shame you couldn’t get to the quiz. As for “mount” I’m sure it was used as a synonym for horse much earlier because it’s the kind of word and usage that is very much spoken and also personal. Written language was much more formal then, and while people might have referred to their mount in a letter or a diary, those documents probably haven’t survived to be dated.

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  48. Isobel, shame you couldn’t get to the quiz. As for “mount” I’m sure it was used as a synonym for horse much earlier because it’s the kind of word and usage that is very much spoken and also personal. Written language was much more formal then, and while people might have referred to their mount in a letter or a diary, those documents probably haven’t survived to be dated.

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  49. Isobel, shame you couldn’t get to the quiz. As for “mount” I’m sure it was used as a synonym for horse much earlier because it’s the kind of word and usage that is very much spoken and also personal. Written language was much more formal then, and while people might have referred to their mount in a letter or a diary, those documents probably haven’t survived to be dated.

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  50. Isobel, shame you couldn’t get to the quiz. As for “mount” I’m sure it was used as a synonym for horse much earlier because it’s the kind of word and usage that is very much spoken and also personal. Written language was much more formal then, and while people might have referred to their mount in a letter or a diary, those documents probably haven’t survived to be dated.

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  51. Catherine, well done on the quiz — there were a couple of slippery ones in there, as well as some most regular readers of Regencies would know.
    Rev Melinda, that “life sized” trivia game sounds amazing — I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like it. Sounds like a lot of fun, too.
    And well done on your quiz score.

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  52. Catherine, well done on the quiz — there were a couple of slippery ones in there, as well as some most regular readers of Regencies would know.
    Rev Melinda, that “life sized” trivia game sounds amazing — I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like it. Sounds like a lot of fun, too.
    And well done on your quiz score.

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  53. Catherine, well done on the quiz — there were a couple of slippery ones in there, as well as some most regular readers of Regencies would know.
    Rev Melinda, that “life sized” trivia game sounds amazing — I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like it. Sounds like a lot of fun, too.
    And well done on your quiz score.

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  54. Catherine, well done on the quiz — there were a couple of slippery ones in there, as well as some most regular readers of Regencies would know.
    Rev Melinda, that “life sized” trivia game sounds amazing — I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like it. Sounds like a lot of fun, too.
    And well done on your quiz score.

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  55. Catherine, well done on the quiz — there were a couple of slippery ones in there, as well as some most regular readers of Regencies would know.
    Rev Melinda, that “life sized” trivia game sounds amazing — I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like it. Sounds like a lot of fun, too.
    And well done on your quiz score.

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  56. KarenMc and JaneO, congratulations, and bite your tongues! 😉
    Now, repeat after me — A perfect score in the quiz is the sign of a fine mind and hours of selective and intelligent reading. LOL. Readers have a rich internal life, which many frequent goers-out do not.

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  57. KarenMc and JaneO, congratulations, and bite your tongues! 😉
    Now, repeat after me — A perfect score in the quiz is the sign of a fine mind and hours of selective and intelligent reading. LOL. Readers have a rich internal life, which many frequent goers-out do not.

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  58. KarenMc and JaneO, congratulations, and bite your tongues! 😉
    Now, repeat after me — A perfect score in the quiz is the sign of a fine mind and hours of selective and intelligent reading. LOL. Readers have a rich internal life, which many frequent goers-out do not.

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  59. KarenMc and JaneO, congratulations, and bite your tongues! 😉
    Now, repeat after me — A perfect score in the quiz is the sign of a fine mind and hours of selective and intelligent reading. LOL. Readers have a rich internal life, which many frequent goers-out do not.

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  60. KarenMc and JaneO, congratulations, and bite your tongues! 😉
    Now, repeat after me — A perfect score in the quiz is the sign of a fine mind and hours of selective and intelligent reading. LOL. Readers have a rich internal life, which many frequent goers-out do not.

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  61. Only 9/10 for me.
    I will admit to being the type of person who looks up words if the usage seems off. I haven’t actually emailed any authors yet, although some authors have so many words that seem out of place that I’ve been tempted…

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  62. Only 9/10 for me.
    I will admit to being the type of person who looks up words if the usage seems off. I haven’t actually emailed any authors yet, although some authors have so many words that seem out of place that I’ve been tempted…

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  63. Only 9/10 for me.
    I will admit to being the type of person who looks up words if the usage seems off. I haven’t actually emailed any authors yet, although some authors have so many words that seem out of place that I’ve been tempted…

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  64. Only 9/10 for me.
    I will admit to being the type of person who looks up words if the usage seems off. I haven’t actually emailed any authors yet, although some authors have so many words that seem out of place that I’ve been tempted…

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  65. Only 9/10 for me.
    I will admit to being the type of person who looks up words if the usage seems off. I haven’t actually emailed any authors yet, although some authors have so many words that seem out of place that I’ve been tempted…

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  66. 9/10 is still pretty good, Margot — well done!
    I, too will check the OED when I come across some words in books, but just for my own interest and because I’m interested in language. Mostly the mistakes I’ve made are because I *think* I know something so well I haven’t bothered to check — and I didn’t know it as well as I thought.

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  67. 9/10 is still pretty good, Margot — well done!
    I, too will check the OED when I come across some words in books, but just for my own interest and because I’m interested in language. Mostly the mistakes I’ve made are because I *think* I know something so well I haven’t bothered to check — and I didn’t know it as well as I thought.

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  68. 9/10 is still pretty good, Margot — well done!
    I, too will check the OED when I come across some words in books, but just for my own interest and because I’m interested in language. Mostly the mistakes I’ve made are because I *think* I know something so well I haven’t bothered to check — and I didn’t know it as well as I thought.

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  69. 9/10 is still pretty good, Margot — well done!
    I, too will check the OED when I come across some words in books, but just for my own interest and because I’m interested in language. Mostly the mistakes I’ve made are because I *think* I know something so well I haven’t bothered to check — and I didn’t know it as well as I thought.

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  70. 9/10 is still pretty good, Margot — well done!
    I, too will check the OED when I come across some words in books, but just for my own interest and because I’m interested in language. Mostly the mistakes I’ve made are because I *think* I know something so well I haven’t bothered to check — and I didn’t know it as well as I thought.

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