Okay, so you’re a smart word nerd and you probably know a lot of big SAT words. But do you know the origin of those words?
Check out Etymologic, which bills itself as “the toughest word game on the web.” Test your skill on questions like this one:
What was the phrase aftermath originally used to describe?
the experience of teenagers after a math exam medical term for the convalescent period for a burn patient the grass that grows after mowing a lawn bombers describing a successful raid
Yeah, the answer is (c). MRP scored a pathetic 4 out of 10 on the first try, and admittedly most of those were educated guesses. Word nerd? Yes. Etymologist? Not so much. You give it a try and report back how you do. (And no fair cheating by referring to the Online Etymology Dictionary, either.)