If you love linguistics and have been reading this blog on a fairly regular basis, you will enjoy the August 2008 Reader's Digest Word Power page and you should be able to answer all of the "Words at Play" quiz questions correctly. Here are a few of the quiz questions to get you started:
1. A pangram is a - A. jumble of a word's letters. B. phrase using all 26 letters of the alphabet. C. person's surname used as a common noun.
2. A retronym is a - A. form of mirror writing. B. modified name for an old item. C. guessing game invented by bored astronauts.
3. A portmantaeu word is a - A. French word playfully Anglicized. B. sailors' slang. C. word blend of two other words.