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Vocabulary Quiz: Going for the Perfect Ten

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Sep 25, 2013 5:30:00 AM

Bo Derek in "10"Here at ProofreadNOW we strive for perfection. See if you can achieve a perfect 10 with these absolutely impeccable words: 

1. spot-on(a) slightly imperfect, with only one blemish; (b) one who insists on exactness or completeness in the observance of something; (c) exactly correct; accurate; perfect; (d) a common dry-cleaning term identifying attention required for a silk necktie. 

2. spang(a) in an exact or direct manner; squarely; (b) unduly exacting; (c) not in perfect balance; a bit askew; (d) overly prim and precise. 

3. a point(a) at the right time: at the peak of ripeness or perfect degree of doneness; (b) a unit of acoustic absorption equivalent to the absorption by one square foot of a perfect absorber; (c) serving to define or specify precisely; (d) shaped for a precise fit.

4. pluperfect(a) requiring much time, effort, or attention; (b) feeling perfect assurance, sometimes on inadequate grounds;(c) a caliper for making precise measurements that has a spindle moved by a finely threaded screw; (d) utterly perfect or complete. 

5. apotheosis(a) not precise or fixed in meaning; ambiguous; (b) the perfect example; quintessence; (c) having a chromosome number that is an exact multiple of the monoploid number; (d) being in or near the exact middle. 

6. Chinese copy(a) a contrivance or device intended to improve or perfect; (b) difficult to comprehend; not clear or precise in thought or expression; (c) to make as perfect, effective, or functional as possible; (d) an exact imitation or duplicate that includes defects as well as desired qualities.

7. archetype(a) the perfect opposite; (b) the largest point size of courier font; (c) a perfect example; (d) the perfect complement to something. 

8. sprezzatura(a) studied nonchalance; perfect conduct or performance of something (as an artistic endeavor) without apparent effort; (b) a 20th century movement in poetry advocating free verse and the expression of ideas and emotions through clear precise images; (c) of, relating to, or being polyphonic music originating in the 13th century with each note having a definite and exact time value; (d) precise and refined perception and discrimination.

9. enroll(a) a trend or shift toward a lower or less perfect state; (b) a judge's expression of opinion on a point other than the precise issue involved in determining a case; (c) conforming exactly to an ideal, law, or standard; (d) to prepare a final perfect copy of (a bill passed by a legislature) in written or printed form.

10. nautical mile(a) any of various units of distance used for sea and air navigation based on the length of a minute of arc of a great circle of the earth and differing because the earth is not a perfect sphere; (b) a British unit equal to 6080 feet (1853.2 meters); (c) an international unit equal to exactly 1852 meters (6076.115 feet or 1.15 statute miles) used officially in the United States since July 1, 1954; (d) all the above.

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