Common Vocabulary Questions
What is a phrase that combines two words with opposite meanings?
Deafening silence. Living dead. Bittersweet. Learn more about words or phrases which combine words with opposite meanings (also known as ‘oxymorons’).
What is the collective term for a group of cats?
If you put together a group of cats, what do you call it (apart from a recipe for going viral)? We have the answer, but you’ll need to provide your own cats.
What is the female equivalent of a misogynist?
Do you know what a misogynist is? Of course, it's someone who is prejudiced against women. But what is someone called if they're prejudiced against men?
What is the female equivalent of brethren?
You may well know that 'brethren' is an archaic plural of 'brother' - but was there ever an equivalent for sister?
What is the female equivalent of fraternal?
'Fraternal' means 'relating to or like a brother', but which word would you choose if you wanted to say 'relating to or like a brother'?
What Is The Longest English Word?
It's a question that creeps up on us all at some stage. What is the longest English word? Some people give different answers, but there is only one correct one.
What Is The Longest English Word That Doesn't Repeat A Letter?
There are two 15-letter words that meet this criterion. Find out what they are.
What is the longest one-syllable English word?
Some of the longest words in English have multiple syllables, but have you ever wondered what the longest one-syllable word is. Watch this video to find out.
What is the name for a sentence with every letter of the alphabet?
‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ is a common example of a sentence which includes every letter of the alphabet – find out what they’re called.
What is the name for patterns of words that help you remember something?
Patterns of words that help you remember something are called ‘mnemonics’. We look at some of the post popular, and where the word ‘mnemonic’ comes from.
What is the opposite of...?
Some words do not have an exact opposite. This video gives you a number of words with their less commonly known counterparts, and some that have no opposite.
What Is The Term For A Word Which Is Another Word Spelled Backwards?
Desserts / stressed. Stink / knits. Is there a term for a word which is another word spelled backwards? Well, yes and no… here are some suggestions.
What Is The Word For A Fear Of Heights (And Other Fears)?
An extreme or irrational fear is known as a phobia. Certain fears have specific names (like coulrophobia: a fear of clowns). Here are some other examples.
What Is The Word For People Who Collect Stamps (And Other Objects)?
Collectors of certain things have specific names, like coleopterist for a collector of beetles or philatelist for a stamp collector. Find out some more!
Which English Words End In -gry?
Think of words ending in -gry. 'Angry' and 'hungry' are two of them. What is the third word in the English language? (This riddle has unexpected answers!)
Which English Words End With -mt?
Do any English words end with –mt? There are indeed a couple, but only if you’re writing in British English – can you work out what they are?
Which letters in the alphabet are used most often?
If you’ve ever wondered which is the most frequent letter in English, and which is the least frequent, the answer is right here! Can you guess the answer?
Which word describes the fear of Friday the 13th?
Is there a word to describe a fear of Friday the 13th? Lock your doors, stay away from ladders, and avoid breaking mirrors because, yes, there is…
Which Words Have "Q" Not Followed By "U"?
If you’ve ever struggled in a word game because you need to use a ‘q’ without a ‘u’, then check out our list of English words that use ‘q’ not followed by ‘u’.
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