I picked Word Power Quiz Book as one of a set of three. The others are “Quotable Quotes” and “Life in this United States.”; packaged as “Quips, Quotes, and Quizzes”. This book is a set of 50 lists of words to test your knowledge. This has been a long time feature of Reader’s Digest. As an Engineer, who considers his “word knowledge” rather minimal, this book was very enjoyable. Each list has 20 words with 4 meanings to choose from. My scores ranged from 12 to 17 and rated as excellent. These little tests made me feel pretty good but I would hardly consider my skills in word power as excellent. One thing that surprised me was that many common word’s meanings are misunderstood. To add a little spice most lists have one or two words I’ve never heard of. That’s twice, who says you can’t end a sentence with a preposition? For a taste of what’s in this little book.
What is an Elision?
What is a Metro gnome? It is a city elf.
There are a lot of one-liners scattered throughout the book.
“A rare book: One that comes back after you’ve lent it.”
If you’ve read “An Exaltation of Larks” by James Lipton, you’ll like the slant of these:
“Raft of survivors.”
“Drive of cars.”
“Pound of hammers”