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Dysphemisms Quiz 2

1. overthink

If someone says you're "overthinking", they want you to

a. start thinking about something

b. keep thinking about something

c. stop thinking about something

2. politicize

"Politicize" is a dysphemism when it's used to attack

a. biased comments

b. unbiased comments

c. ridiculous comments

3. primitive

Who would most 19th-century Europeans have called "primitive"?

a. a Russian dancer

b. an African musician

c. a French criminal

4. reactionary

Who would you expect to be called "reactionary"?

a. a left-wing politician

b. an opposition politician

c. a right-wing politician

5. regime

The government was called a "regime" by foreign leaders who

a. supported it

b. opposed it

c. visited it

6. slum

If you call someone's home or district a "slum", you might

a. upset them

b. make them poor

c. make them feel proud

7. snail mail

Which would you send by snail mail?

a. a downloaded song

b. a record or DVD

c. a sound file

8. subversive

The word "subversive" is often used to demonize people who

a. oppose a government

b. support a government

c. protect a government

9. terrorist

The word "terrorist" shouldn't be used to describe

a. non-state fighters who kill civilians

b. people who carry out terrorist attacks

c. organizers of a protest movement

10. warmist

Who's most likely to call a climate scientist a "warmist"?

a. an environmentalist

b. an oil industry lobbyist

c. a climate change activist

NB: you can also print this quiz on paper.

1. overthink - If someone says you're "overthinking", they want you to: a) start thinking about something b) keep thinking about something c) stop thinking about something

2. politicize - "Politicize" is a dysphemism when it's used to attack: a) biased comments b) unbiased comments c) ridiculous comments

3. primitive - Who would most 19th-century Europeans have called "primitive"?: a) a Russian dancer b) an African musician c) a French criminal

4. reactionary - Who would you expect to be called "reactionary"?: a) a left-wing politician b) an opposition politician c) a right-wing politician

5. regime - The government was called a "regime" by foreign leaders who: a) supported it b) opposed it c) visited it

6. slum - If you call someone's home or district a "slum", you might: a) upset them b) make them poor c) make them feel proud

7. snail mail - Which would you send by snail mail?: a) a downloaded song b) a record or DVD c) a sound file

8. subversive - The word "subversive" is often used to demonize people who: a) oppose a government b) support a government c) protect a government

9. terrorist - The word "terrorist" shouldn't be used to describe: a) non-state fighters who kill civilians b) people who carry out terrorist attacks c) organizers of a protest movement

10. warmist - Who's most likely to call a climate scientist a "warmist"?: a) an environmentalist b) an oil industry lobbyist c) a climate change activist

Contributor: Matt Errey