GrammarPhile Blog

Vocabulary Quiz: Travel Much?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Mar 29, 2011 5:30:00 AM

AirplaneAre you traveling this month? Going on the road? Going home? When traveling, remember: don't carry items for strangers, check in for your flight two hours early, and report all bad relative, adverbial, and Santa clauses to ProofreadNOW.

1. swagman: (a) a trip made by an official at public expense; (b) one who operates or travels in an airship or balloon; (c) drifter; one who carries a pack of personal belongings while traveling (Australian); (d) a traveling crane equipped for holding a passenger at the end of the boom.

2. bagman (British usage): (a) traveling salesman; (b) a parlor-car or sleeping-car attendant who waits on passengers and makes up berths; (c) a traveling tinker; (d) the state or assumed identity of one living or traveling incognito or incognita.

3. chautauqua: (a) a Native American celebration occurring the night of the first full moon of spring; (b) any of various traveling shows and local assemblies that flourished in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays, and that were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of western New York; (c) a light often comic theatrical piece frequently combining pantomime, dialogue, dancing, and song, offered by itinerant players; (d) a travel agency in upstate New York.

4. drummer: (a) traveling salesman (American); (b) a person serving as a front or figurehead; (c) a traveling minstrel; (d) the announcer in a traveling political campaign, responsible for drawing people into rallies.

5. gallivant: (a) a person having cultivated, refined, and sociable tastes especially with respect to food and drink; (b) a usually adventurous travel experience that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct; (c) to travel, roam, or move about for pleasure; (d) a circuit traveled by an itinerant justice in medieval England or the court he presided over.

6. Hadley cell: (a) a motorcycle fuel cell enabling extremely high gas mileage, favored by motorcyclists traveling cross-country; (b) a neuronal pathway of the brain along which electrical and chemical signals travel; (c) a covered wagon or motor vehicle equipped as a traveling jail; (d) a pattern of atmospheric circulation in which warm air rises near the equator, cools as it travels poleward at high altitude, sinks as cold air, and warms as it travels equatorward.

7. knight-errant: (a) a knight traveling in search of adventures in which to exhibit military skill, prowess, and generosity; (b) a member of a class of traveled young Englishmen of the late 18th and early 19th centuries who affected foreign ways; (c) to walk or travel about without apparent plan; (d) to travel fast enough to overtake an advance party.

8. light-year: (a) a hypothetical wave held to travel at the speed of light and to propagate the gravitational field; (b) a unit of length in astronomy equal to the distance that light travels in one year in a vacuum or about 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion kilometers); (c) a leave often with pay granted usually every seventh year (as to a college professor) for rest, travel, or research - called also sabbatical leave; (d) to travel through space or a material - used of wave energy (as light, sound, or radio waves).

9. perambulate: (a) of, relating to, or being a travel arrangement in which transportation (as a bus or plane) is hired by and for one specific group of people; (b) an introductory fact or circumstance, especially one indicating what is to follow; (c) the time interval between two vehicles traveling in the same direction on the same route; (d) to travel over or through, especially on foot.

10. peripatetic: (a) the point in the orbit of an object (as a satellite) orbiting the earth that is nearest to the center of the earth; (b) moving or traveling from place to place; (c) a theory in geology: the lithosphere of the earth is divided into a small number of plates which float on and travel independently over the mantle and much of the earth's seismic activity occurs at the boundaries of these plates; (d) the science of getting ships, aircraft, or spacecraft from place to place, especially the method of determining position, course, and distance traveled.

Click here for the answers!

Do you worry that you may have missed errors in your company brochures, web pages, sales proposals or other documents? Click here to read about one of our clients who relies on us to catch mistakes before his customers do!

Topics: word test, vocabulary test, vocabulary

Subscribe to Email Updates

Sign up for our emails!

Sign Up

Search Our Blog

Recent Posts

Posts by Topic

see all