The Logophile: A Rocky Word Quiz

A trio of grammar brain teasers as we leave summer behind.

Rocky path in the European alps

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  1. To widen the highway, the state procured land through
    1. eminent domain.
    2. imminent domain.
  2. From psephos, Greek for “pebbles,” we get psephology, the study of
    1. erosion.
    2. freckles.
    3. elections.
  3. Stanley likes zippers but not buttons, dumpsters but not dustbins, and yoyos but not boomerangs. What does Stanley like?

Answers

  1. a
  2. c
  3. Stanley likes words that were once trademarked brand names.

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