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Can Your Vocabulary Handle These Crazy Words?

The SATs could have used some of these. Because fun.

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Are you a word whiz? Pick what you think each term means.

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    Eating ice cream too fast can give you a nasty bout of sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

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    Blame moving gas on your borborygmus.

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    Some people faint after they urinate. The phenomenon is called "micturition syncope."

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    That dizzying feeling you get when you stand up too fast is called "orthostatic hypotension."

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    Circadian dysrhythmia is that feeling of wanting to keel over after traveling to different time zones.

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    Semantic satiation is saying a word so many times that it starts to sound like gobbledygook. Try it!

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    Cryptomnesia is when you think something is a new and original thought, but it's actually a forgotten memory. It can also lead to unintended plagiarism.

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    Painful ovulation is known as “mittelschmerz” (German for "middle pain"). It's also fun to say, despite it being terrible in nature.

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    Those little lights you see when you wipe your eyes a little too hard are called phosphenes.

Can Your Vocabulary Handle These Crazy Words?

You're a Word Wizard!

Well done! Whether you studied linguistics or you're just innately good at everything, you're a golden asset to any trivia or pub team. If we rub your brain, will we absorb some of your smarts? On second thought, would you be against a brain swap? Too bad, because it's happening.

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You're a Vernacular Visionary!

Is that a giant vocabulary in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? You prefer descriptive words over dropping a bunch of hard-to-pronounce fancy terms, but you still did more than OK on the SATs. You are to Scantrons as cheese is to macaroni. Speaking of pasta, care to conjure some up?

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You're a Speech Sorcerer!

Feh, who needs a load of baloney terms? Most of how we communicate is through body language, and you're savvy enough to get your point across without being a Flashy Felicia (or Frank, if that suits you more). You know when to dazzle others and when to reel the magic in for a rest.

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