The Mensa Book of Words, Word Games, Puzzles & Odditiesby Mensa Publications Staff, Abbie F. Salny
If you think of yourself as a wordsmith, a phrasemaker, or a veteran user of the English language, wait until you've tried this intriguing collection of lexicographical brainbusters. From Mensa quizmaster and member extraordinaire Dr. Abbie F. Sainy, here are tough questions about words you think you know in addition to games and puzzles using word derivations, meanings and little known facts.
Test your knowledge about common, ordinary words with quite extraordinary backgrounds. For example, does the word mesmerize come from Friedrich or Franz Anton Mesmer (ca.1775), a German doctor who demonstrated the powers of hypnosis; The Old Ennglish form of mzed, "mind," hence maezmer, or the first apparatus, a swinging pendulum used for hypnosis, made in the workshop of a glassmaker named Mesmer?
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