Rantings of a sub-editor

June 2, 2010

Synonym quiz

It seems the Guardian, too, is raging over synonyms at the moment.

It has posted a quiz where you have to guess what the elegant variation is referring to (although I am slightly confused by the dateline, which currently claims the quiz was posted on Wednesday 1 June 2011).

For example, does “the maverick old warhorse of the London left” refer to:
a) Billy Bragg
b) Billy the pitch-clearing hero of the 1923 FA Cup final
c) Ken Livingstone

I got 13 out of 15… c’mon and beat me!



  1. Curses – only 12 out of 15. I blame my lack of modern cultural knowledge – “pint-sized chart queen”? I thought there could only be one answer…

    Comment by Freelance Unbound — June 2, 2010 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  2. God-damn, that’s a tough test! I scored 11 out of 15. Since when is sugar a “natural” sweetener? And the pointy vegetables: well, that’s a matter of opinion, surely. Little Boots? Pah! I’m a Kylie man all the way. The Times was very sound on “inelegant variation”, as I recall, but I had to hand back my style guide when I was drummed out of the organisation for describing myself as a “future multi-unit-selling tome-wright”. All the best, A

    Comment by Angus Donald — June 2, 2010 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  3. Yeah, I got Kylie and the pointy veg wrong. Surely you can’t get more pint-sized than Kylie?!

    Comment by substuff — June 3, 2010 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  4. Only 10!! I hang my head in shame 😦

    Comment by Stefmez — June 3, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

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