This exercise tests your range of vocabulary.
1. Which of the following words can be used to refer to a person who is frank and unsophisticated?
2. A false statement meant to alleviate fear
3. A trite remark
4. A half-teasing, non-malicious, frivolous banter intended to amuse rather than offend
5. Which of the following words can be used to refer to something that you experience as a spectator, rather than as a participant?
1. Ingenuous (Indefatigable means ‘tireless’; Ingenuous means ‘frank’; Ingenious means ‘clever’ or ‘inventive’; Intrepid means ‘brave’; Versatile means ‘resourceful’, ‘multifaceted’.)
2. Anodyne (Persiflage is a light banter; Anodyne is a statement meant to alleviate fear; A cliché is a hackneyed phrase. A eulogy is a formal praise. Euphony means ‘pleasing sound’.)
3. Bromide (A bromide is a trite remark usually made by speakers who have nothing interesting to say. A platitude is a banal remark. The word euphony is used to refer to sound that is pleasing to the ear. Persiflage is a light banter. It is not supposed to cause offence. A euphemism is a word that has been substituted for another that may cause offence.)
4. Badinage (Badinage means humorous or witty conversation. Its purpose is to amuse rather than offend. A cliché is an overused expression. It does convey an interesting idea but it has been used so often that it has completely lost its originality.)
5. Vicarious (Ephemeral means ‘having a short life’. Vicarious feelings are feelings that we experience secondhand without direct participation. This is something that we all experience when we watch a football match or movie. Bovine is an adjective used to refer to people who are calm, placid and content. They are like a cow. Penurious means ‘extremely poor’. Clandestine means ‘hidden’.)