Words! Words! Words!

Let’s go to the library.

Posted by Phil Jamieson   May 24, 2017 12:04:50 PM

New York Public LibraryOn May 23, 1911, in a ceremony presided over by President William Howard Taft, the New York Public Library, the largest marble structure ever constructed in the United States, was dedicated in New York City. Occupying a two-block section of Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, the monumental beaux-arts structure took 14 years to complete at a cost of $9 million. The day after its dedication, the library opened its doors to the public, and some 40,000 citizens passed through to make use of a collection that already consisted of more than a million books.

Take our vocab quiz and let’s see if Presently Genius is a fitting title for your biography.

1. athenaeum

(a) a reading, viewing, or listening public

(b) drama suited primarily for reading rather than production

(c) a building or room in which books, periodicals, and newspapers are kept for use

(d) a raised platform in a synagogue from which the Torah is read

2. bookstall

(a) a person unusually devoted to reading and study

(b) British: a collection of books

(c) British: a newsstand

(d) British: a bookshop

3. bibliopole

(a) a person who has a love of books and especially of reading

(b) one who reads copy for a proofreader

(c) a device for projecting a readable image of a transparency

(d) a dealer especially in rare or curious books

4. bookish

(a) affectedly learned

(b) easy to read or understand

(c) able to read but unable to write

(d) well-informed or deeply versed through reading

5. codex

(a) a commonly accepted text or reading

(b) a manuscript book especially of Scripture, classics, or ancient annals

(c) a short informative piece of writing

(d) a composite reading or text

6. bookplate

(a) a book owner's identification label that is usually pasted to the inside front cover of a book

(b) drama suited primarily for reading rather than production

(c) a stand used to support a book or script in a convenient position for a standing reader or speaker

(d) the side of a leaf (as of a manuscript) that is to be read first

7. envoi

(a) the side of a leaf (as of a manuscript) that is to be read second

(b) variant reading

(c) the usually explanatory or commendatory concluding remarks to a poem, essay, or book

(d) writings or statements of dubious authenticity

8. carrel

(a) a table that is often partitioned or enclosed and is used for individual study especially in a library

(b) a book containing a blacklist

(c) a piece of furniture consisting of shelves to hold books

(d) a form filled out by a library patron for a desired book

9. fescue

(a) a saccular breathing organ in many arachnids containing thin folds of membrane arranged like the leaves of a book

(b) a small pointer (as a stick) used to point out letters to children learning to read

(c) the numbering of the leaves of a manuscript or early printed book

(d) a book bound in hard covers

10. saccade

(a) an illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine

(b) the title of a book appearing alone on a right-hand page immediately preceding the title

(c) a book containing all that is said or sung at mass during the entire year

(d) a small rapid jerky movement of the eye especially as it jumps from fixation on one point to another (as in reading)



Correct answers:

1c; 2c; 3d; 4a; 5b; 6a; 7c; 8a; 9b; 10d


Let’s describe you in terms of books:

# Correct The Book on You
All 10 You’re about as learned as the chief librarian at the NYPL.
7-9 At least you know that word above is pronounced ler-ned.

Your brain is like a dime novel.

2-3 Your brain is considering filing Chapter 11.
0-1 Let’s face it: The only thing you have that’s dog-eared is… your dog.


Intro text: history.com

Definitions: Merriam-Webster 11th Collegiate Dictionary

Topics: vocabulary test, vocabulary

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