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Can You Identify These Old English Terms?

Old English is the oldest known form of the English language, and is unrecognizable from modern day English in a lot of ways. How much Old English can you decipher? Take our quiz to find out!

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What is a bushel?
a unit of measurement
a type of fruit
the process of knighting

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Which of the following means "belonging to some prior time"?
forsooth
erstwhile
ness

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What does stalwart mean?
coming to a tie
having rugged physical strength
a fungus that grows on trees

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What does betroth mean?
feed a member of royalty
satisfy or quench thirst
give to in marriage

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Which of the following means "formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief"?
forswear
trumpery
wight

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What does brabble mean?
argue loudly about unimportant matters
smear so as to make dirty or stained
someone who makes predictions of the future

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Which of the following means "the act of giving the impression you are working, when really you are doing nothing"?
groke
scaup
fudgel

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Which of the following terms refers to a make-believe illness?
jargogle
hum durgeon
mumpsimus

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What does snotter mean?
wise
rude
gross

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Which of the following refers to a small man with a huge ego?
zwodder
pannikin
cockalorum

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What is a ditty?
a short simple song
a light tap on the shoulder
a short jog to the pub

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Which of the following describes the condition of feeling ill due to overeating/overdrinking?
expergefactor
crapulous
sleight

C+, Terrible Translator

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Well, this score is pretty understandable. Most of these words are nothing like their modern day equivalents, so unless you've had exposure to them, it's unlikely you'd have much luck. Don't beat yourself up too much!

B+, Talented Translator

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You have a real talent for translation! You know, they hire people to do that sort of thing. With a little more work, you could have a whole new career option in front of you!

A+, Top Tier Translator

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You're a real master translator! Some of these words aren't even moderately close to their current English equivalents, but you fought through that and ended up with an excellent score anyways. Great work!
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1
What is a bushel?
a unit of measurement
a type of fruit
the process of knighting
2
Which of the following means "belonging to some prior time"?
forsooth
erstwhile
ness
3
What does stalwart mean?
coming to a tie
having rugged physical strength
a fungus that grows on trees
4
What does betroth mean?
feed a member of royalty
satisfy or quench thirst
give to in marriage
5
Which of the following means "formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief"?
forswear
trumpery
wight
6
What does brabble mean?
argue loudly about unimportant matters
smear so as to make dirty or stained
someone who makes predictions of the future
7
Which of the following means "the act of giving the impression you are working, when really you are doing nothing"?
groke
scaup
fudgel
8
Which of the following terms refers to a make-believe illness?
jargogle
hum durgeon
mumpsimus
9
What does snotter mean?
wise
rude
gross
10
Which of the following refers to a small man with a huge ego?
zwodder
pannikin
cockalorum
11
What is a ditty?
a short simple song
a light tap on the shoulder
a short jog to the pub
12
Which of the following describes the condition of feeling ill due to overeating/overdrinking?
expergefactor
crapulous
sleight

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