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Updated on Aug 20, 2018. Posted on Aug 16, 2018

This Quiz Will Tell You How Good You Are At Tricky Words

Prove how well you know the difference between tricky English words.

Select the word or phrase that best fits in the blank given the context.

  1. In case you've been ~spacing out~ lately, July 20 marked the 49th anniversary of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins' _______ landing on the moon.

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Historic

    Historic refers to a significant event in history, and historical refers to the genre and any event that happened in history in a general sense. Curious about the story? Read it here.

  2. Very few startups have made it through that ______ unscathed.

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    Gantlet

    A gauntlet usually refers to a glove. A gantlet is usually the preferred spelling for an ordeal. However, gantlet can also be a less common variation of gauntlet, though the latter is preferred by the Associated Press to represent a glove. Curious about the story? Read it here.

  3. The coffee shop owner, Elias, was _____ at first but finally agreed to pursue a parody Starbucks with Nathan Fielder, as long as he didn't get hit with a lawsuit from the corporation.

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    Wary

    Wary refers to exhibiting signs of caution and weary refers to exhibiting signs of exhaustion. Curious about the story? Read it here.

  4. The show becomes an improbable hit as its two black stars put on cork masks and shuck and ____ in front of a live studio audience.

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    Jive

    Jive, in this context, means to perform a dance, and jibe means to shift direction or to agree. Curious about the story? Read it here.

  5. While this song is petty AF and doesn't necessarily ____ with Bieber's public declarations of love and respect for Gomez...

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    Wrong! 

    Jibe

    Jibe, in this context, means to agree with, and gibe means to taunt. Curious about the story? Read it here.

  6. “The principles of protecting refugees is a core _____ of our country's identity,” she said.

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    Tenet

    Tenet refers to a belief or principle, and a tenant is a person who resides in an area and pays rent. Curious about the story? Read it here.

  7. BuzzFeed News has obtained a copy of the original script, which is vastly __________ what ended up onscreen.

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    Different from

    Different from demonstrates a difference and shows that the objects or thoughts of comparison are different while different with means in disagreement with. Curious about the story? Read it here.

  8. Woodrow Wilson was a _______ segregationist, and in November 2015, a coalition led by black students held a sit-in, urging the school to remove Wilson’s name.

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    Wrong! 

    Staunch

    Staunch is an adjective that means resolute, and stanch is a verb that means to stop or restrict the flow of. Curious about the story? Read it here.

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